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Sri Lanka appoints committee to implement crypto mining and blockchain


Sri Lanka joins the worldwide crypto adoption drive after establishing a committee for exploring and implementing blockchain and crypto mining applied sciences.

A letter shared on Oct. 8 by Sri Lanka’s director common of presidency info, Mohan Samaranayake, exhibits that the authorities have authorised a current proposal that goals to draw investments within the nation’s blockchain and cryptocurrency initiatives.

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Based on Samaranayake, the Sri Lankan authorities have recognized the necessity to develop “an built-in system of digital banking, blockchain and cryptocurrency mining know-how” as a method to remain on par with world companions and worldwide markets. He added:

“This committee shall be mandated to check the rules and initiatives of different nations comparable to Dubai, Malaysia, Philippines, EU and Singapore, and so forth., and suggest an acceptable framework for Sri Lanka.”

The proposal was made by Namal Rajapaksa, minister of mission coordinating and monitoring, which requires the committee to report its crypto and blockchain-related findings to the Cupboard of Acts, Guidelines and Rules.

Out of the eight members within the committee, two members signify worldwide fintech giants together with Mastercard’s Sandun Hapugoda and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Sujeewa Mudalige. Members from conventional finance embrace Colombo Inventory Change CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike and the Central Financial institution of Sri Lanka director Dharmasri Kumarathunge.

The remaining 4 members signify varied nationwide authorities together with Sri Lanka Pc Emergency Readiness Group (SLCERT), Division Of Authorities Data, Data and Communication Expertise Company (ICTA) and the President’s Council.

Supporting this initiative, the committee will even monitor legal guidelines and rules carried out by different nations to determine guidelines in opposition to Anti-Cash Laundering (AML), terror financing and prison actions.

Associated: Crypto transactions surge 706% in Asia as institutional adoption grows — Chainalysis

A current Cointelegraph report highlighted a 706% surge in Central and Southern Asia and Oceania between July 2020 and June 2021. Based mostly on information shared by Chainalysis, the worth of the transactions within the area amounted to 14% ($572.5 billion), with India representing the very best world transaction worth.

Again in April, Sri Lanka’s central financial institution issued a public discover against the risks associated with cryptocurrency investments, citing a scarcity of authorized or regulatory recourse. Nonetheless, only a month after the discover, the central financial institution shortlisted three banks for growing a proof-of-concept for a shared Know Your Customer facility using blockchain.