Asian Economies Seek better Cryptocurrency Regulations

April 25, 2019

To stay up to date in the business world, Asian economies such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan are currently navigating the cryptosphere to determine the best way to regulate the industry while promoting innovation and growth.

According to Singapore’s The Business Times, the Southeast Asian region is quickly becoming a hub of innovation and digital transformation, where the crypto industry has seen immense growth. With mobile connectivity at a whopping 141 percent in the region, interest in digital assets has risen continuously

However, many nations still lack regulatory frameworks and clear direction from their respective governments. The good news is that several administrations have demonstrated their willingness to collaborate with stakeholders in digital markets to understand the growing ecosystem.

Hong Kong, for example, is showing robust regulation to keep up with developments in the industry. Though the area is part of China, cryptocurrency is legal in Hong Kong and administrators have been inviting towards developers and investors.

Meanwhile, regulators in Singapore have also been proactively encouraging developers in the crypto and blockchain industry to break new ground with the technology. The Business Times revealed that lawmakers have been citing existing laws related to assets and investment in cases involving digital assets. However, the administration has been more strict towards fundraising, with a Security Token Offering (STO) recently being blocked.

In Japan, new regulations regarding cryptocurrency and blockchain have been proposed for consideration, with the aim of providing more protection to customers investing in digital assets. However, tech firms in the country are at an advantage, as Japanese law has given permission for the industry to be self-regulated.

Source: www.businesstimes.com.sg

 

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