Can Singapore also become "global crypto hub"?

November 26, 2021 07:39 PM AEDT | By Aditi Saha
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  • Singapore, an island nation, is on its way to adopting cryptocurrency.
  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is trying to frame guidelines to regularise the sector
  • Singapore, reputed as a global wealth hub, wants to be safe while trying its luck to become a global crypto hub.

Singapore, an island nation, is curious to try its luck on cryptocurrency. So, when El Salvador, Switzerland, and Malta joined the race to attract crypto firms, Singapore, the world's financial capital, was not about to be left behind.

Singapore has firmly established itself in the financial sector, earning the moniker "global wealth hub." The cryptocurrency market is quite lucrative, and numerous strategies can be implemented to ensure that money flows into the market.

Can Singapore afford to ignore the money-making crypto sector? No, that's correct. So, the country is trying to devise measures to understand crypto technology, understand blockchain, smart contracts etc. All this must be done ensuring a secure environment for its citizens to trade in cryptos. Big shots like Binance Holdings Ltd and Gemini have applied to MAS to set up the base among many intertest parties.

We'll now take a look at Singapore's crypto adoption strategy.

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What crypto-adoption strategy does Singapore have in place for its citizens?

The roadmap for adopting cryptos has been outlined by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Statement by Ravi Menon

Moreover, Menon believes that the benefits of a well-regulated domestic crypto business might expand far beyond the finance industry. According to him, it can create more employment and contribute value than the conventional financial sector.

Furthermore, the MAS aims to impose strict regulations on firms that deal with cryptocurrency. According to MAS, enterprises must meet their standards and effectively address crypto-related risks to operate in the jurisdiction.

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What’s next?

Singapore aims to leave no stone unturned to secure its position in the crypto industry. Though, the task is challenging.

No one can impose ownership in the crypto realm since it is unregulated. Therefore, any constraints or regulations imposed by anyone are a big "No." The time will tell whether the crypto world will accept government regulations. If not, what will the country's government's next step be?


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