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Issuing Permits for #Crypto #Transactions
The central bank of the Maldives has warned citizens to be wary of advertisements appearing on social media platforms relating to the #trading
In a press release, the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) cautioned members of the public against transacting in #cryptocurrencies
pointing out that it was the only agency responsible for licensing money exchange business and international as well as domestic money-remittance firms.
According to the central bank of Asia’s smallest country by both area and population, no permit has been issued to any organization authorizing the use of cryptocurrencies in conducting financial transactions. “…no party has been granted permission to conduct any financial transactions using cryptocurrencies or other virtual currencies in the Maldives. Furthermore, the issuance of any legal tender by any other party is against the law,” wrote the Maldives Monetary Authority in a statement.
A Growing List
With regards to central banks that have taken an anti-cryptocurrency stance in the recent past, the Maldives Monetary Authority has plenty of company. Just this week, Zambia’s central bank, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ), stated that cryptocurrencies were not legal tender in the Southern African country and warned that Zambians engaging in trading or transacting in digital assets were doing so at their own risk. “Cryptocurrencies are not legal tender in the Republic of Zambia; Secondly, BoZ does not oversee, supervise nor regulate the cryptocurrency landscape,” read a statement from the BoZ. “Consequently, any and all activities related to the buying, trading or usage of cryptocurrencies are performed at owner’s risk.” Last month, the central bank of the world’s second largest economy, the People’s Bank of China, put out a public notice urging investors to avoid speculating in cryptocurrencies and overseas-issued Initial Coin Offerings. Despite a ban on all ICOs, trading in cryptocurrencies in mainland China has persisted as domestic investors have flocked to offshore exchanges.
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