Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) is headed to the Celo blockchain, marking another major development in the world of stablecoins.
By minting USDC directly on the Celo blockchain, the move aims to amplify Celo’s utility for real-world assets while enhancing USDC’s liquidity and convertibility into fiat currencies. Celo is undergoing changes in its operational framework, with the forthcoming community vote on the importance of USDC within its ecosystem.
Adding USDC to Celo’s other stablecoins, like cUSD and cEuro, expands the options available to users. Celo’s focus on facilitating financial access in underserved regions makes this partnership with Circle particularly impactful, as it opens up USDC usage to a wider audience, especially in regions where mobile banking is widespread.
Moreover, the integration of USDC will provide institutional and enterprise users with access to the Circle Mint on/off-ramp, facilitating increased activity on the Celo blockchain. This comes at a time when USDC continues to solidify its position as the second-largest stablecoin by market capitalization, following closely behind Tether (USDT).
In an interview with UNLOCK Blockchain, Miriam Kiwan, Vice President MENA of Circle, shared Circle’s vision for expanding in the MENA region, while emphasizing the company’s commitment to increasing global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of value.
She explained, “Circle’s vision as a financial technology player is to increase global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of value. We are looking to improve the adoption of USDC across the region and enable individuals and businesses to participate in the digital economy while fostering financial inclusion.”
Kiwan also pointed out the significance of the UAE, where 89% of residents are expats, making it an essential market for remittances. She believes that USDC is well-positioned to facilitate cross-border business transactions and individual transfers, leveraging the power of blockchain technology.
It is worth noting that Circle recently got approval to offer its services in France, and has been teaming up with big banks.