Breaking News: Hong Kong Official Invites Coinbase Despite SEC Investigation, June 11
- Hong Kong is committed to establishing a strong ecosystem for crypto and fintech, with a favorable approach towards cryptocurrencies, and has actively overseen crypto assets through regulation.
- HKMA intends to introduce a retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) as a means of payment for everyday transactions.
- HK’s crypto ecosystem has attracted significant interest from international technology companies and influential industry players.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council member Johnny Ng has expressed his support for the crypto industry in Hong Kong and has invited Coinbase and other crypto exchanges to establish operations in the region.
In a tweet, Ng acknowledged the important role that crypto trading operators like Coinbase play in the industry and offered his assistance to help them set up. He also hinted at potential stock listing opportunities, which could further bolster the industry’s growth in HK.
This move by Ng comes at a time when major players like Binance and Coinbase are facing lawsuits from the SEC. Despite this, Hong Kong has taken a progressive stance towards cryptocurrencies and has actively overseen crypto assets through regulation. In fact, the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, Paul Chan, declared the government’s dedication to establishing a strong ecosystem for crypto and fintech in January 2023. Since then, Hong Kong has been working on formulating regulations and implementing compliance measures to nurture the expansion of the cryptocurrency industry.
HKMA revealed its intentions to establish the groundwork for the introduction of a retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). This initiative, announced on June 9, seeks to investigate the advantages of CBDCs as a means of payment for everyday transactions and to facilitate customer access to cryptocurrency exchanges. This move shows HK’s commitment to moving towards a digital future and to becoming a digital hub for the crypto industry.
OKX and Huobi compliance entities are already participating in this endeavor and are presently listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This favorable approach towards cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong has garnered significant interest from prominent international technology companies. In January, Samsung, the renowned Korean tech giant, made an announcement regarding the introduction of a Bitcoin Futures Active Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. This move exemplifies the growing recognition and involvement of influential industry players in Hong Kong’s crypto ecosystem.
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