IMF Provides Technical Support to Andorra for Bitcoin Transactions


On March 13, Andorra formally requested technical assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and as a result, the European country received guidelines on recording and tracking Bitcoin transactions.

The IMF’s Charge on Bitcoin Transactions to Andorra

Andorra, a nation bordering France and Spain, hosted a technical assistance (TA) visit from the IMF in September 2023.

Enhancing the country’s balance of payments data was the goal of the visit. Recording the economic exchanges between residents and non-residents was the crucial parameter.

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Ski resorts and tax havens are the two main draws of Andorra. Nevertheless, the nation is dealing with difficulties on many fronts. Its inability to track and record cryptocurrency transactions is just one of the many problems.


The tax haven and ski resorts of Andorra are well-known. Still, there are many issues that the nation must deal with. Its incapacity to log and monitor cryptocurrency transactions is just one of the numerous problems.

The Andorran Financial Authority (AFA) instructed banks to request permission to track Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions in order to get ahead of the problem. However, the IMF was notified by the nation’s financial watchdog that no banks had gone through the process of requesting authorization.

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In the meantime, the IMF delegation is said to have discussed the most recent guidelines regarding cryptoassets as well as how the upcoming international standards may change in the future.

Given this, Andorra has been charged by the IMF to monitor Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency transactions. The financial organization recommended that until September 2024, the AFA oversee the holding and exchange of cryptocurrency assets.

In the past, Andorra has attempted to move toward the adoption of cryptocurrencies. However, the nation would be able to produce data that will be helpful in gathering its macroeconomic statistics thanks to these IMF guidelines.

The IMF’s Guidance on Digital Assets for Andorra and PICs

Several small nations are eager to adopt Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) in order to ride the wave of popular digital assets. However, the IMF has specifically advised Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to postpone such plans.


The IMF said in a recent study that many island nations are not prepared to use this technology. The group also recommended methodical strategies that are carefully considered and applied gradually.

Many small nations, like Andorra, are still having difficulty figuring out standard operating procedures for digital assets and cryptocurrency transactions. Therefore, if this is not addressed, it will hinder the full adoption of digital assets.

According to the IMF report from February 2024, digital currencies could support and strengthen certain currency demands. PICs, which are remote markets because of their size and population diversity, also exhibit this result.

A user on X (formerly Twitter) hinted that the report originated from the 2023 IMF meeting held in the island nation of Fiji.

The user suggested that PICs’ public policy objectives can be expedited by effectively designed digital assets.

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