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The World Economic Forum paves the way for global regulation of crypto assets


He world economic forum (WEF) recently published a white paper titled “Pathways to the Regulation of Crypto-Assets: A Global Approach,” which advocates for a collaborative approach to crypto-regulation on a global scale.

The white paper highlights the unique challenges and necessary considerations regarding the regulation of crypto assets. Given the borderless, open source, and decentralized nature of these digital currencies, their regulation requires a delicate balance between preventing harm, protecting users, and promoting innovation.

The WEF acknowledges the significant progress made so far, especially through the involvement of numerous international organizations such as the FSB, IMF, BIS, OECD, IOSCO and national regulators such as the EU, Singapore, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, India, South Africa, the United States, among others. However, many pertinent questions are still being debated, including how to define and classify crypto assets, adapt to a rapidly changing ecosystem, and maintain effective regulatory oversight.

The white paper outlines several challenges in implementing a global regulatory approach, including the lack of harmonized classifications, regulatory arbitrage, and fragmented monitoring. The WEF suggests that these obstacles can be overcome through collaboration between policy makers, regulators and industry.

The report discusses the broad spectrum of regulatory approaches taken by different jurisdictions, such as principle-based, risk-based, agile regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation, and regulation by enforcement. A broad and global view of the issue was ensured by consulting various stakeholders of the Digital Currency Governance Consortium (DCGC) while developing recommendations.

The white paper concludes that a global approach to regulating crypto assets is ideal, and urges international organizations, national/regional authorities, and industry stakeholders to consider its findings when developing a coordinated approach to regulating crypto assets. It also emphasizes the need for academia, civil society and users to get involved in the evolution of a responsible ecosystem.

YoIn conclusion, the WEF white paper outlines an urgent need for stakeholders around the world to collaborate on the formulation of comprehensive crypto asset regulations. As the crypto asset ecosystem continues to evolve, this document will serve as important guidance in shaping the future of digital currency governance.

For an in-depth look at blockchain and crypto, read our exclusive interview with Nadia Hewett, World Economic Forum Blockchain Project Leader, whose insights on these matters offer invaluable context and clarity on the way forward in this complex and rapidly evolving sector.


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