Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in Africa: Are International and Home-Grown Brands Getting Ready?

Published: December 31, 2019

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Brenda Kahari Founder and Partner, B.W. Kahari Harare, Zimbabwe

Even though Africa seems like a late bloomer when it comes to the adoption of cryptocurrencies, the continent is widely converted to mobile money, representing over 50 percent of the world’s mobile money services.

For instance, a Google search trend shows that the region with the highest interest in the term  “bitcoin” is Africa and particularly Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa—even though this interest is predominantly limited to trading activities on exchanges.

Brenda Kahari, founder and partner of the firm B.W. Kahari, has been a lawyer specializing in intellectual property (IP) and commercial transactions in Harare, Zimbabwe for more than 30 years. Thanks to her deep knowledge of the economic, social and, of course, legal dynamics in Africa, she gives us keys to understand cryptocurrencies and the applications of blockchain in this continent, as well as discusses the legal and IP challenges and opportunities they represent.

Related Resources

To go further:
About Brenda Kahari

About B.W. Kahari

Also of Interest:
About regulation of cryptocurrencyForbes: Blockchain—Africa Rising

Africa Renewal: Africa could be  the next frontier for cryptocurrency

INTA On-Demand Webcast: Blockchain 101

INTA Daily News (page 6)—Blockchain: A Viable Solution to Fight Counterfeits?

INTA 2020 New York Conference—Brands in Society: Their Influence and Responsibility

INTA Bulletin: Applications of Blockchain Technology to Trademark Protection, Enforcement, and Practice

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