Global Perspectives on Cryptocurrency Regulations: A Quick Glance

By Indigo White
Published in Blog
April 28, 2024
4 min read
Global Perspectives on Cryptocurrency Regulations: A Quick Glance

I acknowledge the challenges presented by unclear regulatory environments. This issue is particularly noticeable in the cryptocurrency space across several countries. While some nations have established regulatory frameworks that define what is and isn’t permitted, others have vague rules that provide little or no guidance. This ambiguity presents significant obstacles for those looking to enter the crypto sector. Legal uncertainty can greatly hinder decision-making and long-term planning.

Governments need to strike a delicate balance between safeguarding consumers and fostering innovation by establishing clear rules and consistent standards. This is essential for the sustainable growth of the sector. Lack of clarity or overly strict regulations may deter investment, prompt companies to relocate, and limit access to crypto services for specific groups such as low-income individuals, immigrants, and the unbanked, perpetuating financial exclusion.

Reasonable laws can promote collaboration between traditional financial institutions and cryptocurrency companies, resulting in enhanced security, market stability, and prevention of illicit activities. Now, what’s the current situation in some of the world’s leading crypto-adoption countries? Let’s take a quick look… Today, we’ll be delving into crypto regulation.

1. Japan.

At the end of February, reports emerged that the Japanese cabinet approved a law permitting venture capital firms and investment funds to hold cryptocurrencies - it will soon be discussed in parliament. According to the Ministry of Economy, the initiative aims to foster the establishment of new companies by introducing long-term tax incentives and policies to encourage investment expansion. This move wasn’t entirely unexpected, as back in September 2023, the Asian powerhouse had already announced plans to ease restrictions, enabling venture capital firms to invest in cryptocurrency startups.

In December 2023, a proposal from the Liberal Democratic Party was approved to eliminate taxes on unrealized gains in cryptocurrencies. For context: companies were required to declare cryptocurrencies received from third parties, regardless of whether they were sold or not. The reform still needs discussion in parliament.

To date, Japan has taken a relatively progressive approach to cryptocurrency regulation, especially after the collapse of Mt. Gox in 2014. While Bitcoin and other cryptos have already been recognized as legal payment methods in Japanese territory, some government members believe it is still possible to relax regulations and provide a better balance between consumer protection and financial security. It seems that 2024 will be a pivotal year for witnessing progress in this area.

2. India.

The relationship between India and the crypto sector has been complex for several years. In 2018, the government removed various incentives for crypto companies to operate within its borders, though some positions were reconsidered in 2020. By September 2023, the press reported that authorities in the Asian country, currently the world’s most populous, were actively developing a clear regulatory framework based on recommendations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB). Up to that point, the only concise legislation in place was a 30% tax on crypto profits approved in 2022.

As the months pass by, the few updates that emerge are not encouraging for the crypto community in the country. There’s a noticeable absence of rules that provide clarity, and what emerges appears to be more focused on the desire to impose prohibitions. Just before the end of 2023, Apple’s App Store in India blocked access to several foreign cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, KuCoin, Bitstamp, and Bittrex, and the government recommended that the Ministry of Technology block the URLs of these platforms. The reason? According to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), an agency of the Ministry of Finance, the exchanges were found to be violating anti-money laundering laws.

The future of foreign exchanges in India is uncertain.


3. USA.

In the United States, cryptocurrencies fall under the supervision of various federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Additionally, it’s important to note that regulation varies considerably at the state level, with some states like Wyoming and California adopting a more progressive approach to the sector, while others such as New York have opted for stricter restrictions.

In December 2023, a clear example of the complexities inherent in cryptocurrency regulation in the United States emerged. Rostin Behman, the chairman of the CFTC, acknowledged a jurisdictional conflict between his institution and the SEC. Behman argues that crypto assets should be classified as commodities, aligning with existing legislation. However, Gary Gensler, the chairman of the SEC, advocates for cryptocurrencies to be deemed financial securities and thus subject to his agency’s oversight.

4. Nigeria.

Nigeria serves as a prime example of the consequences when governments, citing concerns about money laundering, indiscriminately target crucial sectors that benefit millions of people. Although the Central Bank of Nigeria lifted a 2021 regulation in December last year that banned financial institutions from engaging with cryptocurrency exchanges, government authorities recently resumed their crackdown and issued arrest warrants for two top executives of Binance: Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla. Anjarwalla managed to escape on March 22nd after being taken to a mosque, reportedly boarding a flight using a passport from a second nationality, while Gambaryan has taken legal action against the government.

It is worth noting that Binance had already announced the cessation of all operations involving the Nigerian naira, signaling its departure from a market that is among the global leaders in cryptocurrency adoption… Binance stated that it expected to halt NGN withdrawals before March 8, with any remaining NGN balances automatically converted to USDT thereafter.

The regulation of cryptocurrencies is a complex and constantly evolving issue. While some countries have adopted open and comprehensive approaches, others have implemented laws without adequate debate, thus complicating the sustainable development of the ecosystem. It’s crucial to emphasize that without clear and reasonable regulations, promoting financial inclusion and technological innovation becomes increasingly challenging.

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