Mexico’s third-richest person, Ricardo Salinas Pliego, visited El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, in a show of support for the country’s Bitcoin agenda in the wake of other crypto leaders who visited the country.
Salinas, who was accompanied by Max Keizer, received a Bitcoin from Bukele before discussing, among other things, how El Salvador’s new Bitcoin Securities laws, currently being debated in the country’s legislature, could be used to create a global financial hub and dramatically expand the country’s GDP.
The billionaire businessman operates Grupo Elektra, a leading financial services and specialty retailer in Latin America in more than five countries in America, including El Salvador, which partially explains his visit. Last year, Elektra stores started accepting Bitcoin payments after integrating the lightning network.
Salinas, who is also a strong supporter of Bitcoin, has previously stated that 10% of his total wealth is in Bitcoin and that he plans to maintain his bitcoin supply for the next thirty years.
“I am sure that only with freedom can we evolve as a civilization and I am sure that Bitcoin is the currency of freedom,” tweeted Salinas, or ‘Uncle Ricky’ as Bukele calls him after the meeting.
During the visit, Salinas also met Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, “CZ,” who was in El Salvador on a work trip after meeting President Bukele on Thursday.
Global companies try to win over Bukele
With the government of Bukele striving to make El Salvador the Bitcoin capital of the world after making the cryptocurrency legal tender last year, the Central American nation has attracted a lot of attention from global corporations, corporations and crypto experts. because of its friendly financial incentives.
According to El Diario, El Salvador’s largest newspaper, Binance’s CZ discussed a wide variety of topics with President Bukele during their meeting, including the investment opportunities available through bitcoin.
The CEO of Binance also expressed an interest in learning about strategic projects of the government of El Salvador. The meeting came a day after El Salvador postponed its planned bitcoin bond issuance, sparking rumors that CZ would launch a charm offensive.