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Hong Kong to allow stablecoin issuance testing in sandbox

source-logo  crypto.news  + 1 more 28 February 2024 12:33, UTC

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) will allow institutions to test the issuance of stablecoins.

According to a release published by the Hong Kong Free Press on Feb. 28, the HKMA will launch a so-called sandbox. Financial Secretary Paul Chan explained that the sandbox will allow institutions interested in issuing stablecoins to test the issuance process, business model, investor protection, and risk management systems of stablecoins, as well as discuss future regulatory requirements.

“Cybersecurity, alongside investor and customer protection are matters of utmost importance in web 3.0 development, embracing the principle of ‘same activity, same risks, same regulation.”

Paul Chan, Financial Secretary

In December 2023, the HKMA and the Financial Services Bureau (FSTB) of Hong Kong announced they intend to introduce fiat currency-pegged stablecoin (FRS) issuers licenses. The bill requires stablecoin issuers who actively sell FRS to obtain a permit from the HKMA to continue their activities. The regulators’ offer is formed considering international standards and the local market’s needs.

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Since late 2022, Hong Kong has implemented several initiatives to integrate cryptocurrencies. This is, in particular, the licensing regime for service providers. The authorities also created a task force to develop and implement new blockchain developments.

Hong Kong has been introducing a new crypto regulatory regime, and many cryptocurrency platforms have seen the region as one of the most promising for digital asset businesses. According to the Forex report, Hong Kong also ranked first in 2023 in terms of readiness to adopt cryptocurrencies. The first place is due to the large number of cryptocurrency ATMs and automated systems, zero tax and many crypto companies.

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