South Korea to have crypto regulatory framework by next year: report

May 13, 2020

By Anjali Kochhar

The new government of South Korea has reportedly prepared a plan to finalize the regulatory framework over the local digital asset ecosystem next year and enforce it in 2024. The legislation aims to incorporate cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin into the country’s institutional system and hopefully launch a CBDC in 2023.

According to a local report published Wednesday, the authorities will enact the Digital Assets Basic Act in 2023, which essentially means that crypto will be entirely supervised in the country.
The development comes just two months after Yoon Seok-youl secured a victory in South Korea’s presidential elections.

The legislation will be based on international standards as the officials have vowed to partner with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and American and European watchdogs before officially introducing it.

Reportedly, the bill will also support Korean monetary organizations willing to provide cryptocurrency services.

“We will strengthen the link between digital asset trading accounts and banks by expanding financial institutions that provide real-time verification services for virtual asset transactions,” a government official said as per the report.

The newly-elected ruling body touched upon CBDCs (central bank digital currencies), too, as the administration is expected to greenlight the nation’s central bank’s intention to release a digital won next year.

Earlier this year, the Bank of Korea announced it had completed the first stage of its CBDC testing program and was in its second phase.

Further, the government plans to issue guidance on the employment of non-fungible tokens and ICOs (initial coin offerings).

Yoon Seok-yuol had shown keen interest in the digital asset sector during his presidential campaign by initially outlining plans to allow ICOs.


About the author

Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.

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