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Industry leaders tapped for Bahamas cryptocurrency conference

The government of The Bahamas has tapped leading industry names to provide a wealth of knowledge and insight at the Bahamas Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference. The event, slated for June 20th–22nd, will see Grand Bahama open its doors to a thousand international investors, entrepreneurs, wealth management executives, Bahamas government officials and business leaders converging on the nation’s second city to not only network, but to gain better insight into the regulatory framework that The Bahamas will be establishing for cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and exchanges.

The conference will also put a spotlight on industry professionals who continue to make waves in the blockchain revolution. Among them is Manie Eagar, executive chairman of Quantex Digital Asset Exchange Bank. Since it was founded, Quantex Digital has spearheaded the work to create the world’s first licensed fiat and cryptocurrency bank, as well as an exchange platform with a full suite liquidity enablement and tokenization factory.

Eagar is also the founder and chairman of the Blockchain Association of Canada and the BC Blockchain Forum; director of the BC Blockchain Ecosystem Consortium and boasts an impressive track record in banking (Barclays), telecommunications (Vodafone and Dimension Data), and investment management (J&J Group/Old Mutual).

In addition to leading panel discussions on the funding of cryptocurrency endeavours, Eagar will share his successes and challenges in the ever-changing cryptocurrency environment, on the second day of sessions. He will also discuss how blockchain technology has changed the way economies grow and develop, an important factor in the growing offshore Bahamian financial sector.

Joining Eagar will be global thought leader Anthony Di Iorio, CEO of Decentral, who will speak on decentralized technologies. Di Iorio, who has led the charge on blockchain-focused software development, has personally invested heavily in blockchain and cryptocurrency companies for the past six years, and is listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the richest men in cryptocurrency. In 2014, his venture project Ethereum raised $18 million, becoming the largest, completed crowdfunded project of its time. His company was recently valued at $30 billion.

Joining the impressive collection of international speakers will be Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who is expected to outline his administration’s commitment to creating a sustainable digital environment.

“Since the very beginning, it has been the intent of the Minnis-led administration to transform Grand Bahama into a digital hub,” explained Minister for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson. “This is just the first in a series of steps we are taking to help cement the island’s reputation as a leader in innovative technologies and we have enlisted the best and brightest to help us make that vision a reality.”

Individuals or companies interested in participating in the upcoming conference are encouraged to register early to secure their seat at the event by visiting the conference website at Information on blockchain and cryptocurrency can be found on the event’s social media platforms as well, and the Office of the Prime Minister welcomes Bahamians to attend and join this new digital revolution.

“In the end, we hope this conference will not only position the island of Grand Bahama as the leader in the Caribbean in technology, we would also like to see this event create new opportunities for Bahamians,” said Thompson.


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