Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed crypto assets at G20 Summit

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, participated in the discussion on crypto assets at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. In a joint statement, the leaders of the G20 countries declared their commitment to applying the crypto standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

 The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for developing global policies in areas such as combating money laundering. It currently comprises 37 member jurisdictions, including India.

“In the economy, finance will be an important issue. Therefore issues related to global finance… whether it is related to technological the innovation which can deliver benefits in financial markets or whether it is related to the commitment to applying recently amended FATF standards for virtual assets, all these issues were also discussed,” said Suresh Prabhu, India’s Sherpa to the G20.

At the conclusion of the summit, the leaders of the G20 nations, including India, jointly issued a declaration which includes statements on crypto assets. “We reaffirm our commitment to applying the recently amended FATF standards to virtual assets and related providers for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.”

The FATF had issued its new guidance for the risk-based approach for virtual assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs) on June 21, a week before the G20 Summit.

Currently, there is a banking ban in India on crypto service providers including exchanges. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had issued a circular in April last year prohibiting regulated entities from dealing in cryptocurrencies or providing “services for facilitating any person or entity in dealing with or settling” in cryptocurrencies. At least four crypto exchanges have shut down since the ban took effect in July 2018.

Prabhu, on the sidelines of G20 Summit, told media that Prime Minister Modi “believes in changing the world for better through a process wherein technology, traditional knowledge, good governance and making sure that everything is integrated into a unified policy.” He also said that India and Japan will “discuss many more things in continuation” on crypto services.

(With inputs from an English News Magazine)

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