Laos, a small country in Southeast Asia, is expected to earn two trillion kip (roughly $193 million) from Bitcoin mining alone in 2022, Minister of Finance Bounchom Ubonpaseuth said on Tuesday.
This is a significant chunk of the 28.9 trillion kip ($2.8 billion) domestic revenue forecast for the next year.
In mid-September, Laos made a sudden U-turn by allowing six local companies to mine cryptocurrencies. Its government also allowed crypto trading and started working on regulating digital assets.
This marked a major departure from the country's anti-crypto policy. Cryptocurrencies had been banned in Laos since 2018.
The poorest country in Southeast Asia, which has been under communist rule since the 1950s, is trying to capitalize on its hydroelectric dams that produce an abundance of cheap electricity.
As reported by U.Today, El Salvador, a poverty-ridden country in Central America, started mining Bitcoin with its volcanoes in late September.
China, which used to reign supreme in Bitcoin mining, moved to ban the entire industry earlier this year.