Recently, Milena Mayorga, Ambassador of El Salvador to the United States, wrote about her meeting with Jose A. “Joe” Esparza, the Deputy Secretary of the Government of Texas, regarding the potential opening of a “Bitcoin Embassy” in Texas.
As you may know, on 5 June 2021, Zap Solutions (a Bitcoin payments startup that uses the Lightning Network) Founder and CEO Jack Mallers announced at Miami’s Bitcoin 2021 conference that El Salvador’s government wanted to pass legislation to make Bitcoin legal tender (alongside the U.S. dollar).
During his talk, an emotional Mallers presented a recorded video message from President Bukele and read out a small passage from the proposed bill. Mallers went on to say that his firm would be opening an innovation center in El Salvador with the help of Blockstream.
On 9 June 2021, this proposed bill got passed by the Legislative Assembly (with 62 out of 84 voting in favor of it).
Then, on 25 June 2021, Reuters published a report that said El Salvador President Nayib Bukele had announced during a national address on 24 June 2021 that “Bitcoin Law” would become effective on 7 September 2021.
Mayorga was named — by President Nayib Bukele — Ambassador of El Salvador to the U.S. on 23 September 2020, and she began her function as ambassador on 1 December 2020. Before becoming an ambassador, she served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador from 2018 to 2020.
On 28 October 2022, Mayorga spoke about her country’s experiment with the Bitcoin Standard at the Plan B Forum in Lugano, Switzerland. CoinDesk reported on this day that “the country of El Salvador and the Swiss city of Lugano have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at boosting bitcoin adoption in their own regions as well as neighboring states and countries.” The report mentioned that Ambassador Mayorga “also announced her country’s opening of a ‘bitcoin office’ in Lugano staffed with a new Honorary Consul to proselytize for bitcoin in the city, Italy and Europe.”
Well, last Tuesday (14 February 2023), Mayorga said that during her meeting with the Deputy Secretary of the Government of Texas, they discussed the opening of the second “Bitcoin Embassy” and the expansion of commercial and economic exchange projects,
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