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Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), recently announced that SARB will introduce a framework to regulate cryptocurrencies, recognising its adoption that is prevalent in South Africa.

Imposing the legislation may take around 12-18 months, after which cryptocurrencies will not be recognised as ‘currencies’ but regulated as ‘assets’.

He also addressed that regulating cryptocurrencies is a need of the hour as there’s a lot of money flowing in the ecosystem, which needs to be brought into the mainstream. Over 22% of the country’s adult population is exposed to crypto, while there are close to 8 million crypto investors in the country alone. With growing adoption, regulation is important.

The regulations, expected to be implemented in about 12 months, will happen in stages.

More Details About South Africa’s Plan

最初,遵循新的监管环境,加密货币将被列为金融产品。 然后,加密货币交易所将被要求满足税收和外汇管制法律,同时显示“健康警告”,让投资者了解资产所涉及的风险。 除此之外,交易所还需要遵循某些了解你的客户(KYC)的要求。

提到同样的事情,奈杜说“一旦部长们修改了 FIC(金融情报中心)法案的时间表之一,那么我们就可以开始行动了。 我们可能还需要大约 12 到 18 个月的时间才能把所有的鸭子排成一排,把所有东西都准备好。 但我不认为这必须在大爆炸中发生。 我认为我们可以开始制定一些 KYC 规则。 我们可以开始许可交易所,”他还补充说,我们“非常接近最终确定交易所控制规则和要求。

根据 Naidoo 的说法,该决定的部分影响是认识到加密货币行业充满了“坏苹果和好苹果”。 禁止加密货币不是一种选择,因为并非所有项目都是庞氏骗局,如果实施得当,该技术真的可以使全球货币网络受益。 这就是为什么即将出台的法规将加密货币视为金融资产的原因。

总而言之,奈杜评论道,“我们不打算将其作为一种货币进行监管,因为您不能走进商店并用它来购买东西。 相反,我们的观点已转变为将(加密货币)作为金融资产进行监管。 有必要对其进行监管并将其纳入主流,但要以一种平衡炒作和至关重要的投资者保护的方式进行。”


该银行还正在推出一种中央银行数字货币,该货币已经完成了几个阶段的概念验证测试。 然而,这可能需要几年时间才能实现。



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