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In a significant development, global financial services provider Mastercard (MA.N) and renowned cryptocurrency exchange Binance have announced the discontinuation of their joint crypto card initiatives across various countries. Effective September 22, the four crypto card programs operating in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Bahrain will be terminated, as confirmed by a spokesperson from Mastercard in a recent email communication on Thursday.

The Binance crypto cards, which enabled users to conduct transactions in traditional fiat currencies utilizing their cryptocurrency holdings on the Binance platform, will be brought to an end in the mentioned countries. This decision, however, will not exert any influence on Mastercard’s other ongoing crypto card ventures, as emphasized by the spokesperson.

This development arrives amidst a backdrop of heightened legal and regulatory hurdles faced by Binance. Legal actions were taken by U.S. regulatory authorities against the cryptocurrency exchange and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, in June, alleging deceptive operational practices. Binance has been resolute in its commitment to robustly defend itself against these allegations.

Raj Dhamodharan, the Head of Crypto and Blockchain at Mastercard, had previously indicated the company’s intentions to foster more collaborations with cryptocurrency enterprises. While he refrained from discussing specifics about Binance, he stressed that every card program undergoes thorough due diligence and continuous monitoring.

Remarkably, both Mastercard and Binance declined to comment on the rationale behind the cessation of the Binance crypto card program or provide insights into the decision-making process. No immediate response was received from Binance when contacted for comments via email. However, the exchange’s customer support channel on X, formerly known as Twitter, conveyed earlier on the same day that the Binance Card service will no longer be accessible to users located in Latin America and the Middle East.

This announcement marks a pivotal moment in the intersection of traditional finance and the burgeoning cryptocurrency sector, highlighting the evolving dynamics and challenges within this rapidly changing landscape. Experts are closely watching for further developments as the crypto industry navigates regulatory complexities and adapts to the shifting global financial paradigm.

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23rd August, 2023

Delino Gayweh

Serrari Financial Analyst

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