Circle partners with Mercado Pago to launch USDC in Chile

Friday 1 September 2023 14:09 CET | News

Global financial technology company Circle has partnered with Latin American fintech Mercado Pago to bring USDC to Chile.


The partnership comes in the context of Latin America emerging as a prominent centre for digital finance, marked by a robust developer community, extensive backing for financial innovations, and a growing demand for digital currency as a reliable store of value. 

Circle's collaboration with Mercado Pago is geared towards enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of trusted digital dollars within the region. This initiative aligns with a mutual vision of utilising innovative technology to empower individuals by granting them access to the global financial ecosystem. 

Representatives from Mercado Pago highlighted the stability of the US dollar and its role as a straightforward means of wealth preservation, especially in times of uncertainty. With the introduction of this stablecoin, Mercado Pago aims to diversify access to cryptocurrencies, offering an alternative that mirrors the value of the US dollar to over two million of its users. 

Officials from Circle emphasised Latin America's emergence as a hub for the digital economy, characterised by a landscape of innovation and growing enthusiasm for digital currencies. The collaboration with Mercado Pago to introduce USDC to Chilean users is viewed as a significant step in providing more accessible digital financial solutions, facilitating global participation in an evolving financial era. 

The integration of USDC into the Mercado Pago platform will grant Chilean users access to a reliable, secure, and transparent digital dollar for nearly instantaneous transactions, thus unlocking a range of new financial opportunities. In essence, the partnership allowed Mercado Pago to diversify its financial services offerings in the Chilean market, providing digital tools that help users exercise greater control over their finances.


Global financial technology company Circle has partnered with Latin American fintech Mercado Pago to bring USDC to Chile.


Digital finance development in Latin America

Circle reports that Latin America is emerging as a significant player in the realm of digital currency and financial technology, primarily driven by practical necessity. However, a substantial portion of the region's population lacks access to traditional financial services.  

Demographic factors contribute to LatAm’s fintech development as the region’s population of approximately 658 million amounts to a demographic size comparable to Southeast Asia, which is also a notable hub for innovation in digital finance. Furthermore, Latin America possesses a distinct demographic advantage, as nearly a quarter of its population is aged 14 or younger, distinguishing it from other global regions where populations are ageing. This demographic composition offers unique opportunities for the adoption and expansion of digital financial services within the region.

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Keywords: cryptocurrency, partnership, expansion, fintech
Categories: DeFi & Crypto & Web3
Companies: Circle, Mercado Pago
Countries: Chile
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