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G20 Leaders Ponder Centralized Crypto Regulation

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India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently revealed the possibility of a centralized crypto regulatory framework during the G20 summit. Major international organizations like the IMF and FSB support the framework, which will be unveiled during India’s G20 presidency.

Global Cryptocurrency Decision Looms

Sitharaman refrained from delving into a debate on the future status of cryptocurrencies, stating, “The decision to regulate or ban crypto will ultimately rest with the G 20 nations.” This significant pivot in stance comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a global standard for cryptocurrency management during the B20 Summit earlier this year.

G20’s Approach to Crypto Regulation

During a press event flanking the G20 Summit, Sitharaman, along with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and G20 Amitabh Kant, highlighted the G20’s consensus on strengthening the World Bank’s financing capacity. The G20 documentation applauded the insights from the BIS Innovation Hub’s report on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

Sitharaman elaborated on the collaborative spirit, mentioning, “A comprehensive policy and regulatory blueprint is on the horizon, as evidenced by the support for the IMF-FSB crypto synthesis paper and its roadmap.”

This momentum reflects a broader global shift. With institutions like the International Monetary Fund focusing on the wider economic implications of cryptocurrencies and the Financial Stability Board honing in on crypto regulations, the stage seems set for a standardized global approach to digital assets.

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