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South Africa and Singapore Spearhead Progressive Crypto Regulatory Initiatives

South Africa Takes the Lead in Cryptocurrency Regulation: Grants Licenses to 59 Firms; OKX Obtains Crucial Payment License in Singapore.


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According to a Reuters report, South Africa is at the forefront of cryptocurrency regulation, having granted licenses to 59 crypto companies. This proactive stance underscores the country's commitment to overseeing digital currencies and showcases its position as a pioneer in the global economy.

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) of South Africa is leading the charge in cryptocurrency regulation, with Felicity Mabaso revealing at a finance conference that out of 355 license requests reviewed, 59 have been approved, leaving 262 still pending. This surge in applications indicates a robust interest in the crypto sector.

To ensure consumer protection, licensed entities will undergo regular monitoring for compliance with regulations. Additionally, the FSCA plans to bring unauthorized services under regulatory oversight.

In a separate development, the OKX cryptocurrency exchange has received preliminary approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for a payment license. This allows OKX's Singapore branch to handle digital payment tokens and international money transfers.

Singapore is a crucial market for OKX, which aims to meet the growing demand for digital assets in the region. This expansion aligns with OKX's global strategy, following recent licensing in Dubai for retail crypto services.

Amidst a bullish crypto market fueled by surging Bitcoin prices and increasing interest in U.S. Bitcoin spot ETFs, coupled with expectations of global interest rate cuts, OKX's expansion and new Singapore license position the exchange to capitalize on Asia's burgeoning demand for digital assets.


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