Most of the attention, flurry and investment around blockchain technology is in the West, where people are investing in cryptocurrencies and focused on a slew of novel applications, like using a blockchain to track vegetables from the field to store shelves.
A commercial bank in Mauritius has inked a deal with blockchain lending startup SALT to test the use of digital assets as collateral for loans.
The "exploratory" deal between the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) and SALT, which offers a platform allowing users to borrow against their cryptocurrency holdings, will see the bank testing that specific application.
The development represents the latest step in a wider effort to make Mauritius – an island nation in the Indian Ocean with an estimated population of 1.
Ogoniland, situated off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in southeastern Nigeria, is considered the most polluted region along the Niger Delta and among the worst in the world.
Even though the Niger Delta is rich in resources, poverty, pollution and unemployment are rife.