Despite numbers revealing that Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest cryptocurrency transactions compared to any other region, the continent is home to some of the most advanced cryptocurrency ecosystems, according to the most recent Chainalysis findings.
The report showed that the excessive use of P2P platforms set the African region apart, highlighting, “Retail-sized transfers below $10,000 make up 6.4% of its transaction volume, more than any other region. The role of retail becomes even more apparent when we look at the number of individual transfers.”
Increased P2P reliance in Africa due to regulations
Retail transfers account for 95% of all transactions in the region, as per the report. It added, “P2P exchanges account for 6% of all cryptocurrency transaction volume in Africa, more than double the share of the next-closest region, Central & Southern Asia and Oceania.”
Ray Youssef, CEO of Paxful, also suggested how regulations influence crypto activity while driving reliance on P2P usage.
The analyst noted in the report, “Nigeria restricted the usage of the naira for buying crypto in 2021 due to concerns around scams and tax evasion, and because of that, many people began trading peer-to-peer.”
India also reported increased use of P2P exchange after the Reserve Bank of India maintained a negative stance on crypto use, preventing institutional banks from extending services to the cryptocurrency market.
However, the country’s overall adoption also took a hit as India fell from the second-largest crypto-loving population to fourth spot year-on-year according to another report by the analytics firm.
The South African Reserve Bank recently released guidelines for local banks to do business with cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency companies.