India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, stated that regulation “cannot be done” by a single country, it requires “collective action,” in a recent television interview.
Speaking to Rahul Joshi on CNBC-TV18 in India on Feb. 3, Sitharaman noted that while the central bank is the “authority for issuing cryptocurrency,” the rest of the digital assets created outside are “using very useful financial technologies.”
Sitharaman said that India is looking at a “global” standard operating procedure (SOP) to be “agreed upon” for regulating crypto assets, ahead of India hosting the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Bengaluru later this month.
She suggested that crypto regulations will only be effective if there is global consensus on them. She noted:
“Regulation cannot be done by any one country singularly, it has to be a collective action because technology doesn’t group any borders.”
This comes after the news that Sitharaman didn’t mention any changes to income tax laws in relation to crypto, central bank digital currency or blockchain technology in the union budget on Feb. 1.
There have been numerous developments on crypto regulations by various countries within the G20 in recent times.
The Australian Treasury released a consultation paper on Feb. 3 on “token mapping.” Despite not providing any legislative initiatives in the paper, its authors suggested tailoring existing laws for a large portion of the crypto ecosystem.
The Bank of France’s governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau stated during a speech in Paris on Jan. 5 that France shouldn’t wait on EU crypto laws, and instead take action on licensing “as soon as possible.”
Brazil and Argentina are having their own discussions about creating a “common currency” together, to reduce dependance on the U.S. dollar.
Meanwhile Huang Yiping, a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), believes that the Chinese government should reconsider its ban on cryptocurrency trading, suggesting it may not be sustainable in the long run.