Singapore Govt Set To Issue Graduate Digital Certificates on Ethereum Mainnet

The recent report reveals that Ngee Ann Polytechnic, a Singaporean education institution is set on blockchain technology to issue ‘tamper-resistant’ digital certificates. Accordingly, graduate students from local schools, junior colleges, and tertiary institutions will obtain digital certifications from this year.
It was first confirmed by Singapore Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on May 03, 2019 – per the announcement, a Government-led initiative ‘OpenCerts’ which is powered by Ethereum blockchain -will cover 18 educational institutions to processed digital certificates for graduate students in Singapore. The Opencert is a collective effort by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Government Technology Agency (GovTech), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), and National Ann Polytechnic (NP).
The update looks quite surprising to the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin who took Twitter and appreciates the initiation. He states as follows;
Source: Twitter
However, his tweet quickly gained much attention with both positive as well as criticizing comments. One such user criticized his opinion of using blockchain for certification’ – with this, he states ‘You don’t need a blockchain for this. Given a valid certificate, to check revocation status you can simply ask the issuing institution’. As a response to this comment, Vitalik posted continued tweets and justified why digital certifications based on blockchain is worth considering in Singapore.
Source: Twitter
You only need the blockchain for the *revocation* list; certificates that have been *issued* would simply be signed (and this is how this specific app actually works).
The decision to employ ETH powered Opercert blockchain platforms comes as a solution to resolve productivity issues. This process purges two key requirements – physically leveraged document and verification mechanism.
Also Read: Elon Musk Just Kidding with the ‘Ethereum’ Tweet; Crypto-Twitter Goes Hysteric Anyway
Concerning what Opencerts will do in educational institutions, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Principal Clarence Ti says that;
“We issue over 4,000 diploma certificates and other kinds of certificates every year. The process of verifying the authenticity of certificates can be very manual,” he explained. “With blockchain, we can simplify this process, make it user-driven, and boost productivity. Not only will this help students effectively kickstart their career, but employers also get them on board with minimal hassle.”
What’s your stake on Digital certifications on top of ETH mainnet.? let us know in the comment below.
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Ripple Expands To Singapore With A Vision Of Capturing The South East Asian Markets

Ripple has been successful in creating a decentralized mesh of networks connecting the financial institutions. Now with a vision of expanding the same mesh to the eastern institutions Ripple has expanded and is setting up its new headquarters in Singapore.
Ripple wants to stay vigilant of its customers’ requirements
According to the latest news published in some Asian tabloids, Ripple, the US firm which has been able to provide some fantastic solutions to financial institutions using blockchain and ledger technologies, has decided to expand its headquarters in Singapore so it can keep a tap on the nerves of its regional customers.
With this move Ripple has provided an insight that South East Asia happens to be a great market and the company wouldn’t want to miss any opportunity in this part of the world which is slowly and steadily accepting blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
“The demand here is significant, so it’s an easy decision for us to continue to invest in this market and make sure that we can… also seek out new customers, new partners and new ways that we can work with the market”  said Eric van Miltenburg, senior vice-president of global operations Ripple who was quoted by various media houses. “Southeast Asia, in particular, is an incredibly important market for the company, given interest from regional banks in using blockchain for payments” added Miltenburg.
In Singapore, Ripple has plans to create a team of about 24 people who would manage a range of operations which would be beyond only customer service
Ripple has been making attempts to capture the South East Asian Market. Last year Mitsubishi Corporation, MUFG Bank, Krungsri, a Thailand-based subsidiary of MUFG Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank jointly announced the commencement of a pilot test for moving real funds over RippleNet, with the objective of making cross-border payments more convenient and further improving the capital efficiency of corporate groups. It also entered into a strategic collaboration to enable instant cross border payments across its various markets with CIMB Group
Earlier this year, Ripple also funded SendFriend, a Philippine-focused remittance market startup. The startup had raised around US$1.7 million capital which was to allow SendFriend to build out their team, focus on community engagement, and marketing efforts.
With this leap, Ripple looks a strong contender to establish itself in Asia. With this continued effort, Ripple will soon capture the leading institutions in the South East Asian market and connect them to the globe.
Will Ripple find the same success in South East Asia that it found in the western world? Do let us know your views on the same
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Singapore – Wealth Fund GIC Helped Coinbase Raised Millions, Hooking up Institutional Investors

Often reports reveal that the bear market is keeping institutional inventors away from crypto space – however, the market players frequently present the newer approach that hooks them up in a decentralized world.
GIC, the Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund reportedly debuted their second investment in Crypto era – first being Bitmain (as reported by while very recent one goes to Coinbase Exchange.
Catching the Interest of Institutional Investors
According to Bloomberg reports, Sovereign wealth fund, GIC in the year 2018 help Coinbase exchange raise $300 million – adding that an unknown source concerning the matter had revealed the information.
Furthermore, Coinbase had raised this fund ($300 million) in a Series E equity financing round during Octobers 2018 – Nevertheless, the firm failed to disclose the name of GIC when naming the investors involved in October funding round. In particular, Coinbase revealed the firm’s name as– Wellington Management, Tiger Global, and Andreessen Horowitz. Other than these investors, there was no information on GIC’s participation in Coinbase’s investment round came into the picture from either party.
GIC has in total $100 billion assets in over 40 countries worldwide – established by the Govt of Singapore in the year 1981. However, the key mission of this fund is to manage Singapore’s foreign reserves. It’s however; worth to add that – an investment of these kinds, especially in crypto space will give an opportunity for institutional investors to participate in the blockchain and crypto industry at large.
The report further cites that Coinbase secured post-money valuation at $8 billion in October round successfully – that made it the most valuable startup in last year. Keeping a close eye to Coinbase’s profit made during the same year of the market crash, the firm was estimating the revenue of $1.3 billion. To note, the income for Coinbase exchange is largely derived from commissions on trade occurred on Coinbase platform as well as the proprietary crypto asset holdings.
So readers? what’s your stake on undisclosed GIC’s funding towards Coinbase exchange? Do you think the disclosure of which pull institutional investors in the crypto field? Share your thoughts with us.
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Authorities Caught Fake Website on Deceptive Promotion of National Cryptocurrency

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released yet another caution notice on grounds of cryptocurrency. However, this time, scammers ‘allegedly claimed themselves’ as a company, supported by the Singaporean government.
Bogus websites Continue to Emerge
In the latest release, MAS warns the public not to be indulged or misled by the ‘fraudulent crypto firm’ which urged investors towards its scam crypto investment.
These websites falsely claim that Singapore is adopting a cryptocurrency as its official coin. They also claim that a firm has been appointed exclusively to market this cryptocurrency.
The firm is pulling off the public’s attention by using ‘fabricated information about Singapore’s government’. Moreover, it claims to launch a cryptocurrency which is an official digital coin of Singapore. Deceitfully, one such article has found on ‘fabricated website of CNBC’ means that the website appears to be very similar to CNBC news media. It falsely states about the official coin Singapore government is launching.
Image Courtesy – MAS
However, MAS didn’t provide the name of the scam firm as such, it hasn’t revealed the domain where the article was published.
MAS also state the website is trying to steal user’s information and urged them to purchase cryptocurrency by sharing their personal and financial details. The announcement reads that;
This is a scam and members of the public should avoid providing any financial or personal information on the forms linked from the websites.
Although, this is not the first time MAS caution public against the scam, earlier as reported by Coingape, it has seized the security token offering for not complying with the regulatory procedure.

Singaporean Authority (MAS) halts Securities Token Offering for regulatory breach’ states about unnamed ICO violating the law. #STO #Singapore #Mas #Cryptocurrency #Crypto #bitcoin
— CoinGape (@CoinGapeMedia) January 24, 2019

By addressing the scam venture, MAS alerts citizens against investing in cryptocurrency and digital tokens. It states ‘these are highly risky’. Furthermore, it asks members of the public to report to the police if encounter any such acts.
Members of the public who suspect that an investment offer could be fraudulent or misused for other unlawful activities should report such cases to the Police. MAS concluded
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Singaporean Monetary Authority Halts ICO Token for Regulatory Breach

An official website of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published a report of ceasing a security token offering. According to the statement, the firm wasn’t authorized for a certain offering to proceed under the Securities and Future Act (SFA).
MAS Ceased ICO Offering
The news broke out on Thursday, Jan 24, 2019, via the official website of MAS wherein, the blog post, entitled ‘ MAS halts Securities Token Offering for regulatory breach’ states about unnamed ICO violating the law. However, the name of ICO or the company behind offerings is still out of sight but the agency has warned issuer to stop securities token offerings in Singapore. Moreover, the unnamed token found advertising their products/services on Linkedin openly.
Further, it states that the firm is not supposed to proceed token offering in Singapore until it complies with regulatory regime following Securities and Future Act (SFA). Additionally, MAS addresses investors and caution them to have due diligence before investing.
Reason Behind Halt Order
The same blog also claimed that the firm behind ICO planned on using ‘an exemption in Singapore’s Securities and Future Act’ means that the issuer can sell their offerings to ‘accredited investors’ only. However, with this process, issuers are free to make an offer to these accredited investors (high profile/wealthier investors) without having to register a prospectus with MAS. Through this, investors will gain a right to hold ‘particular number of tokens before they invest’. Having said that, the issuer began advertising their tokens on Linkedin social media. Although, this wasn’t the point for halt, but regulators have caught the ICO’s advertisement on Linkedin was redirecting these investors and the general public (as a whole) to invest in the ICO – which is not permissible in the exemption clause.
As a result, MAS ceased the securities offering of the firm. Following such cases, regulatory frameworks on crypto assets may have more stiffen soon in Singapore. Addressing the issue, Lee Boon Ngiap, Assistant Managing Director (Capital Markets), MAS said in a statement that;
“Where an offer is made to the public, a prospectus is required to ensure that investors are provided with all the information to make informed investment decisions. He continued,
“Some offers may be made without a prospectus if they are limited to a restricted group of persons or to those who have the means to look after their own interests. Such offers are subject to strict conditions such as advertising restrictions. MAS will not hesitate to act if issuers contravene the disclosure requirements under the SFA.”
Therefore, once the offer is made to the public in large, it must comply with regulations and as such investors must be conversant with all necessary information.
What’s your point on MAS decision on such offerings? share your thoughts.
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Would Crypto Markets React if Bithumb Went Public in The US?

One of the world’s largest crypto exchanges could soon be publicly traded in the US through a reverse merger. A Singapore based holdings company which has a majority stake in one of Korea’s top exchanges is looking to get listed by acquiring an already publicly trading company.
Bithumb Could Get Listed Without an IPO
A few hours ago CNBC reported that Blockchain Exchange Alliance, which holds a majority stake in Bithumb, has ambitions to go public in the US. Furthering those goals, the Singapore based alliance signed a binding letter of intent with a holding company called Blockchain Industries which trades publicly on US OTC markets.
According to the report this is termed as a reverse merger and could provide a faster way to get publicly listed than the traditional IPO method. Citing sources, it added that Blockchain Exchange Alliance considered a listing in Singapore but was deterred by the two year waiting list for the initial public offering.
The company plans to ‘up-list’, shifting from penny stock type OTC markets to the big boys, namely NYSE or NASDAQ. This would be a milestone for the crypto industry as Bithumb could become the first exchange to become publicly listed.
This method of getting listed has been seen before as Mike Novogratz did it with Galaxy Digital on Canadian markets after a reverse merger with shell company Bradmer Pharmaceuticals. GLXY shares however have not fared so well as crypto markets have crumbled over the past year.
Blockchain Exchange Alliance has plans beyond Bitcoin however. Its grand vision is for form a global crypto exchange alliance by consolidating exchanges across the world. Bithumb is already in the bag but it plans to have nine exchanges by the end of this year and 40 by 2020 according to CNBC.
According to Coinmarketcap, Bithumb is the world’s top exchange by reported volume which is currently stated as $1.4 billion. However, these volumes cannot be taken as gospel. Bithumb was accused of faking volumes last month, something the exchange has vehemently denied. In addition to spurious volumes, the Korean exchange was hacked in June last year which added to its woes.
With these factors in mind, already cautious US regulators, which have a habit of dragging their feet, may not be too enthusiastic about a publicly listed crypto exchange. Crypto markets on the other hand may just get the long awaited boost as it can be considered another big step towards the nascent industry going mainstream.
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Binance Crypto and Blockchain Event in Singapore a Resounding Success

The final presentations of the Binance Blockchain Week in Singapore have concluded today marking the end of the four day event which has attracted thousands of attendees.
Two Day Conference Follows Two Day Hackathon
The event has been a resounding success with many of the biggest names in the industry taking the stage to promote the crypto ecosystem and a blockchain future. The world’s largest exchange by trade volume identified the need for a unifying conference in a market with a ‘large degree of turmoil’ at the moment. The goals of re-energizing and uniting efforts as uncertainty plagues the industry have been at the forefront of proceedings in Singapore.
The first two days held a hackathon based on the Binance ‘buidl’ ethos of working together to improve overall crypto security and foster a safer trading environment for the public. Using the Secure Asset Funds for Users (SAFU) acronym, teams from around the globe entered into friendly competition to enhance innovation in the industry.
Some of the innovative concepts from teams included deep graph analytics, avalanche consensus on a custom ledger, an e-commerce platform for a database of user reputation, and a crypto scoring platform. The winning team, Merkle Blox, proposed a smart contract based insurance to victims of hackers, ponzi schemes, or phishing scams. A prize of $50,000 in BNB was awarded.

A massive congratulations to the three winning teams of the #Binance #SAFU Hackathon who shared a prize of $100,000 USD worth of $BNB! Teams Perlin, Crypto Lynx & the overall winners Merkle Blox we salute you! #BUIDL #BinanceBlockchainWeek
— Binance (@binance) January 21, 2019

The last two days have held the Binance Conference during which over 50 of the biggest names in the industry took to the stage to present their visions for the future of crypto. Yesterday held presentations from several CEOs and industry leaders on a range of topics including decentralized exchanges, dApp adoption and scaling, security token offerings, proof of work, and regulatory frameworks.
Today’s presentations included Da Hongfei, NEO founder, talking about the smart economy, followed by a discussion on crypto news and quality information. Justin Sun took the stage for his keynote on a new world of dApps on the blockchain with a good deal of promo for the new BitTorrent and Tron ecosystem and upcoming airdrops for TRX holders.

TRON founder @justinsuntron is giving a speech about the progress that #TRON has made and the related information about #BTT at Binance #BlockChainWeek in Singapore.
— TRON Foundation (@Tronfoundation) January 22, 2019

Others taking the stage over the two day conference included CEO of eToro Yoni Assia, Anthony Pompliano, and of course CZ himself. Representatives from the Ethereum Foundation, Ripple, R3, Qtum, OmiseGO, Ontology, ConsenSys, KyberNetwork, Etherscan, Goldman Sachs, and Circle all added to the mix.
The message from the Singapore event has been very clear; crypto is here to stay and building a brighter future for the ecosystem is far more productive than simply focusing on markets and prices.
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“Crypto market is undervalued, Bitcoin has been Oversold” – Binance CEO CZ

Changing Zhao, CEO of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance believes that ‘crypto market is undervalued’. Speaking at the Binance Blockchain Week event in Singapore, which is held for Jan 19-22, 2019, CZ notes that ‘Bitcoin has been oversold’.
Among the four days of the week, the first two days was ‘Binance SAFU Hackathlon (Jan 19 & 20), whereas the rest two days counts for the Binance Conference (Jan 21 & 22).

Getting started in a few minutes
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 21, 2019

Massive Crypto Rush in 2017 reason for the current downfall
Over the past 24 hours, the price of Bitcoin fell below $3600 level – which has also affected some major digital currencies including XRP, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, and more. Mr. Zhao recalls the valuation of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency market in late 2017 which was reaching a peak of $20000. While recalling this in an event, he says;
I believe… at the end of 2017, there was definitely an overshoot on the price side… There was a lot of guys rushing in, very simple projects with very simple whitepapers,
Indeed the meteoric rise in crypto prices enticed massive rush in 2017 and ‘once that massive rush-in finishes the price declines.”, he added.
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I’m very, very confident – CZ
Bitcoin’s declining price is not something that Mr. Zhao fears about, in fact, he expressed his level of confidence on the crypto market to thousands of the audience attending the event. Although the daily volume of cryptocurrency market kept on fluctuating with the negative graph, Zhao believes there is a lot more development in crypto space.
“I’m very, very confident that this space will get so much bigger, we just got to be prepared for when that happens.
However, this is not the first time Zhao is positive about the growth of crypto, during an interview at Bloomberg in Mid December 2018, he spoke about his confidence on the future on blockchain, despite his own assets being hit.

Binance CEO @cz_binance Says My Assets are Definitely Down But I am Still ‘Very Confident’ in the Crypto Industry#Binance
— CoinGape (@CoinGapeMedia) December 19, 2018

Binance focusing on Building
Binance has been crowned the first spot among crypto exchange ranking at Coinmarketcap. Talking about the price movement, he states ‘I don’t look at the price’. Rather, he says, ‘building is crucial than checking the price regularly’. Addressing the audience at the conference, he says that he looks at the price only when somebody informs him about the price movement.
What we do is we focus on building. He continued that; “There are more people in the industry, there are more people working in the industry, there are more people attending conferences, there are more conferences going on.
Binance’s boss with 272k followers on social media often captures noteworthy attention to his every tweet/announcement. As such, his engagement so far again named it the #1 name among the 100 Most Influential people in crypto space 2018.

Vitalik v/s CZ Isn’t Over, Binance CEO mocks Vitalik After Ranking First Among 100 Most Influential Crypto People. It began with Vitalik’s “burn in hell” comment for centralized exchanges.#Binance #Vitalik #cryptocurrency #Crypto #CryptocurrencyExchange
— CoinGape (@CoinGapeMedia) January 16, 2019

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Singapore Residents Targeted in Crypto Scams, $78,000 Lost Between September and November

Members of the Singapore public have been targeted by the online advertisements of scammers posing as crypto brokerage services. The victims have been duped out of around $78,000 between September and November of 2018.
Familiar Scam Plagues Singapore Residents
According to a report in domestic news source The Straits Times, Singapore authorities have been made aware of several cases of fraud in relation to a cryptocurrency investment scheme. The scam is stated to have earned its perpetrators around $78,000 between the months of September and November of this year alone.
The platform, which goes unnamed in the report, is advertised online using numerous paid online advertisements posing as articles. They often feature celebrities from Singapore who are wholeheartedly endorsing the service and how lucrative it is. Of course, such scams have been tried before and are reminiscent of those using fake testimonials from the stars of Dragons’ Den and similar formats broadcast in other nations.
The articles direct visitors to other sites through links posted. These pages then encourage those following the hyperlinks to request a call back if they are interested in investing in Bitcoin. They also portray investments in Bitcoin as being incredibly secure, virtually risk free, and essentially a guarantee of future riches.
In a statement mentioned by the news report, the Singapore authorities said that the scheme was being operated from outside of the country and that it was entirely unregulated by its financial regulator, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
This exposes investors to even greater risk of being swindled by such scams since they are being operated from outside of the regulator’s legal jurisdiction and legal recourse will be very difficult to initiate.
Individuals with any further information on this or any other similar scam are being encouraged to contact the Singapore authorities on a police hotline (1800-255-0000), or at
Related Reading: Move over Twitter: Crypto Scams Have Infiltrated Facebook
Scammers Prey on Nation’s Embrace of Blockchain and Crypto
Whether the suspicions of the Singapore authorities that the scam is being run from outside the nation is true or not is unclear. However, one thing is certain, the fraudsters, if domestic or otherwise, have picked Singapore for its ever-growing interest in digital assets.
As a nation, Singapore has been keen to explore the implications of cryptocurrency and its underlying technology, blockchain. Earlier this year, NewsBTC reported on plans to create a multi-storey centre devoted to the fintech innovation, as well as regulators helping to incubate blockchain startups.
More recently, Asia’s monetary elites were privy to an extended conference devoted to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Forbes’s Asia wing sponsored the “Decrypting Blockchain for Business” event, which was held earlier this week.
It saw the likes of Changpeng Zhao of Binance and Tommy Lee of BTCC, amongst many other industry experts presenting on the opportunities, risks, and developments associated with the ever-expanding industry.
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Singapore Firm, Temasek Set To Employ Blockchian And AI

AI and Blokchain technology are continued to evolve in a market. An investment firm called Temasek from Singapore is all set to explore Blockchain by setting up a new group named as “experimental pods”.
Temasek’s new announcement first appeared on October 1st at the Memo show when a spokesperson of the firm confirmed the content. In a recent report, Temasek sees Blockchain and AI as the most compelling technologies that will have a long-term impact on multiple industries. The new group will be led by Chia Song Hwee who is the present chief operating officer of Temasek International Pte.
Blockchain With AI is on Rise
Temasek based out in Singapore is known as the leading AI startup in the world. In the year 2018 alone, it has participated in an array of funding rounds; In April for Series C funding round for China’s Sense Time Group, in June for London-based Eigen Technologies. Additionally, in the space of blockchain, the Temasek has invested in R3, a technology that helps bank bring blockchain into real-time operation. It is a government-owned entity, established in 1974. Today, this stated owned investment firm stands with a net portfolio of $308 billion. The company serves a wide range of solutions to industries like telecommunications, financial, media, and technology, agribusiness, transportation, life science, real estate, energy and more.
A spokesperson noted;
“We have been expanding our business coverage and geographic footprint over the past few years,” adding, “As our operating environment evolves, our focus is on remaining nimble and well-positioned to capture opportunities that deliver sustainable value over the long term.”
Besides, the firm is on market rise by launching new features and partnering with key market players. It has recently tied up with the Singapore Stock Exchange ( SGX) to launch a security token offering (STO), named iSTOX. Beyond listing ICO tokens or cryptocurrencies, iSTOX will only facilitate fiat transactions for the tokenization transaction sales”.
The memo reads;
As the investment landscape becomes more competitive and complex, we are now seeing more situations where we would benefit from collaboration and specialized capabilities wider than our traditional sector and market team approach,
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Ripple’s CEO Says Blockchain Will Change the World of Global Payments

Ripple CEO’s has sat down with Ross Leckow, IMF’s Deputy General Counsel, to talk about blockchain technology at the Singapore Fintech Festival.
Both agreed that the distributed ledger will change the world of global payments as the International Monetary Fund engages with the private sector and industry to help its members unlock the potential of blockchain with minimum risk.
IMF Engaging Private Sector to Help Countries Move Towards Blockchain-Friendly Environments
During the conversation about distributed ledger and the ASEAN market, current Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, told Leckow that the regulatory clarity in the region, namely in Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines, is attractive for the establishment of blockchain businesses.
“In particular, Thailand has introduced a framework that balances consumer protection with innovation. It legalizes several digital assets, including XRP, and provides clear and explicit guidelines for outside blockchain companies to operate. This clear regulatory environment makes it easier to apply blockchain and digital asset technology to solve real-world business use cases, such as improving cross-border payments across the ASEAN region.”
Blockchain also comes as an opportunity for the East Asian region as the market is ripe for adoption of blockchain to lower the costs of cross-border payments, which totaled $130 billion in inbound payments alone in 2017. Ripple is particularly invested in the region, with nearly 50 percent of global customers based there. The broad acceptance of blockchain in ASEAN markets aims to solve issues such as opaque, expensive, and slow cross-border payments, Leckow explained.
“Cross-border remittance is a good example of a use case that is very important here. Regulators here have demonstrated a willingness to engage with each other and others around the world — a type of cross-border cooperation has emerged that involves the right stakeholders and helps develop solutions to solve for problems like this.”
IMF’s fintech-related advisory group, which was founded last year, includes Chris Larsen, executive chairman of Ripple’s board of directors and former CEO and co-founder of Ripple. The IMF official added that the international community is now working together to develop regulation that is proportionate to the risks so that it does not stiffle innovation, but each jurisdiction makes its own decisions.
“Each country has to decide for themselves what type of regulatory framework is best. But generally speaking, they should be cognizant of risk but also the potential to make the global system more efficient, more inclusive with this new technology.”
Ripple’s Garlinghouse ended the talk by explaining that blockchain addresses the issues of value interoperability, including bringing three billion people – almost half of the world population – to the global economy.
Related Reading: Ripple Moves XRP Security Lawsuit to Federal Court, Attorneys Call It Brilliant
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Blockchain Update: MAS and Singapore Exchange (SGX) Implement Blockchain Successfully for Settlement of Tokenized Assets

Bitcoin’s underlying technology, blockchain is exponentially rising across the world. As such, Singapore based Exchange, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) is successfully leveraging the blockchain technology. The goal is to enable trading of tokenized assets across multiple blockchain platforms.
Trade tokenized assets across multiple blockchain platforms
Report in brief:

MAS and SGX successfully developed DvP for tokenized assets
DvP developed with major technology partners; Deloitte, Nasdaq, and Anquan
A joint report on DvP settlement was published by MAS and SGX with smart contract

As per the report, MAS and SGX will facilitate Delivery versus payment (DVP) for cross successful settlement of digital securities. Consequently, securities will be bought and sold via smart contract over numerous platforms based on blockchain technology. Moreover, it allows Fintech and corporate investors to successfully end up on simultaneous exchange and settlement. The firms believe that the process would reduce settlement risk whilst increasing operational efficiency.
As a support, Anquan, Deloitte, and Nasdaq appeared as the technology partner to appreciate DvPs capabilities.
Sopendu Monhanly, MAS chief fintech officer stated that;
“Blockchain technology and asset tokenisation are fuelling a new wave of innovation globally. This project has demonstrated the value of blockchain technology and the benefits it can bring to the financial industry in the short to medium term. The concept of asset tokenisation, as well as other learnings gleaned from this project, can potentially be applied to a broad spectrum of the economy, creating a whole new world of opportunities.”
On the other hand, Ms. Tinku Gupta, Head of Technology at SGX and Project Chair appreciated the initiative, said in a statement,
“We are delighted to drive this important industry effort to accelerate innovation in the marketplace. Based on the unique methodology SGX developed to enable real-world interoperability of platforms, as well as the simultaneous exchange of digital tokens and securities, we have applied for our first-ever technology patent.”
Technically, DvP is a process wherein the buyer gets money as security beforehand the asset is released. MAS and SGX’s step to leverage blockchain is to ensure DvP becomes more secure and efficient.
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Binance Records 40,000 Ugandan Crypto Traders In One Week, Singapore Next?

Although the world-renowned Binance Exchange, which facilitates crypto-to-crypto transactions, has seen waning demand as of late, the startup has forged ahead and has made notable strides in the fiat-to-crypto realm. Reports indicate that Binance’s Uganda branch, which went live last week, has already seen a proverbial boatload of interest, leading to the obvious, but pressing question — can they replicate this newfound success across the world?
Binance Uganda Sees Tidal Wave Of Interest For Fiat-To-Crypto Platform
When consumers think of crypto-friendly nations, Malta, Japan, and Switzerland are often names that immediately come to mind. Maintaining this thought process, it should come as no surprise that many enthusiasts in this budding industry were shocked when Binance, the world’s foremost crypto exchange, announced plans to launch its first fiat-to-crypto platform in Uganda, a relatively small country in East Africa.
After a lengthy sign-up process and an enticing promotional event for locals, just last week, as reported by NewsBTC, Binance’s Ugandan branch went live in the country of 43 million. Although the global crypto public may have been initially skeptical of this foray, the African Binance subsidiary held high hopes for its platform, issuing optimistic comments via a Medium blog post.
The startup expressed its belief that Uganda is undoubtedly a home for blockchain innovation, adding that the growth of the local crypto economy could “light the way for the content [of Africa] to leverage blockchain technology.” Binance’s African subsidiary added that emerging markets, such as Uganda, could play a key role in the adoption of cryptocurrencies, alluding to the fact that the country is an optimal location for an accesible fiat-to-crypto platform.
And while it has only been a week since its launch, the startup’s unbridled confidence has already paid off, with CoinDesk revealing that Binance’s new branch, which supports Ugandan Shillings, Bitcoin, and Ether, has already taken on 40,000 locals as customers.
Considering that Uganda’s economy is far from flawless, with studies indicating that billions are being siphoned from the nation’s economy due to lawbreakers, it would be fair to assume that the local cryptosphere will continue to swell at an unmatched pace, as decentralization and transparency may beckon oppressed Ugandans in.
Next Stop: Singapore
In early-September, Binance’s Changpeng Zhao revealed that his firm was poised to launch a Singapore-based crypto-to-fiat platform into a closed beta for an exclusive group of investors. At the time, however, Binance’s top brass was hesitant to reveal what spurred this surprising move, which was the startup’s third announced venture into bridging the gap between cryptocurrencies and government-issued currencies.
Per Bloomberg, Vertex Ventures, which is parented by the Singapore government’s sovereign fund, was behind the Malta-based startup’s move to enter the city-state’s local cryptocurrency market, throwing an undisclosed sum at Binance. Although may were bewildered that Vertex, and the government of Singapore by extension invested directly in a crypto-focused startup, the move clearly adds up when you take the island nation’s regulatory environment into account.
Through a series of comments, Ravi Menon of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), recently divulged that the local authorities are aiming to directly connect ‘banks and fintech cryptocurrency startups” to see if a common footing can be reached. It can be presumed that the MAS’ willingness to foster the local cryptocurrency economy will directly impact the progress of Binance Singapore, which will only be as successful as its relationships with local financial institutions.
So while details regarding Binance Singapore’s public rollout have been unusually scant, many are hopeful that the lax regulatory climate will parent an infectious crypto phenomenon that will spread across the globe like wildfire, so to speak.
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Singapore Launches ‘Token Day’ to Bring Crypto to The Masses

Yesterday, October 31st, cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC) celebrated its tenth birthday. As part of the celebration, a company called Bizkey has decided to start a new campaign called “Token Day” in Singapore.
Token Day is a campaign that is supposed to allow the public to get more familiar and better acquainted with cryptocurrencies according to reports. Not exactly a day as it will be held from October 31st to November 18th. During this period, every cryptocurrency holder in Singapore will have the opportunity to get to Singapore’s Chinatown, where 30 retailers are offering various goods in exchange for crypto.
Those willing to spend their digital coins will need Bizkey’s intelligent blockchain POS (Point-of-Sale) device. Numerous cryptocurrencies can be used, including Binance Coin, Ethereum, Zilliqa coin, Aelf coin, and others.
Bringing Crypto Adoption to the Next Level
Despite the fact that Singapore is among the most crypto-friendly places in the world, adopting cryptocurrencies as an accepted payment method is something that has yet to take place. This is why the event was created, and Bizkey hopes that the Token Day will “break the ice” and encourage other businesses to introduce crypto payments as well.
About a year ago, in November 2017, Singapore’s Monetary Authority (MAS) decided to bring new guidelines, and establish a firm difference between security tokens and utility tokens. Since then, Singapore saw over 56 ICOs in only the first five months of 2018. As a comparison, there were only 35 ICOs throughout the entire 2017. To a lot of people, this was a sign that proper regulations can go a long way when it comes to developing new businesses and technologies.
Since then, many have started seeing cryptocurrencies as a method of solving issues that have been troubling retail sector for a long time. Things including payment fraud, logistics, delays of money transfers, accounting, and similar complications were all quickly eliminated by those who accepted cryptocurrency payments.
Bizkey’s CEO and co-founder, Ken Huang, commented on the event by saying that, even in Singapore, only a few people have the opportunity to actually use cryptos for buying products and services. Now, Token Day will demonstrate that using cryptocurrencies is easy and that there is more than enough customers that are interested in paying via crypto.
In fact, Huang stated that there are between 10,000 and 15,000 crypto holders in Singapore. Estimates also say that most of them are between the ages of 20 and 50 and that they likely include tech-savvy males. Huang also expressed hope that these individuals will be among the pioneering crypto spenders during the 18 days of the event.
As for the event itself, it will have around 30 retailers participating, including Hotel 1887, SK Jewellery, Koryo Mart, 18 Hours, Steamov, and others. The move aligns with Bizkey’s goal, which is to introduce new people to the crypto world and make sure that they have a device that can accept and make all types of crypto and fiat payments. In a way, their device acts as a crypto wallet with an additional purpose, and many view it as a first step into the real digital era.
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Cryptocurrency Debit Cards Ready to Tackle Credit Cards, Starting in Singapore

Asia’s first Crypto Visa Debit card is all set to take on credit cards while promoting interest in digital assets as previously known as Monaco gets ready to roll out 100,000 such cards, starting in Singapore. The company is also planning crypto-money lending services.
Promoting interest in digital assets with Asia’s first crypto Visa debit card
Cryptocurrencies are leaving no stone unturned to take over the world one step at a time. Adoption is already growing at the local and global level both. Now, the first cryptocurrency Visa debit card is being released by the Hong Kong-based blockchain startup rebranded from Monaco in July.
The company shared that its partner bank has applied to issue the cards in the city. Starting with Singapore, the company will ship over 100,000 cards to the customers globally over the course of two months.
By tapping this market, the company is offering a new product that according to the co-founder and CEO of, Kris Marszalek will help the customers it the following manner:
“To holders of cryptocurrencies, having the peace of mind that you can readily convert back into fiat currencies and cash out is very important.”
Marszalek further shared that the plan is to promote people’s interest in digital assets:
“Not all exchanges support crypto-to-fiat transactions, and even if you hold your digital assets at the exchanges’ wallet, the withdrawal process is also complicated. We believe our product addresses a real need, and enhances trust in digital assets.”
Also, read: Lightning Network Gives a Massive Kick to Bitcoin Adoption as 4000+ Merchants go Crypto
Disrupting the credit card industry with cryptos
This is not all, is also planning to apply for money lending license in Hong Kong and Singapore. Apparently, the company wants to venture into and recognize itself as the crypto-backed money lender instead of just a crypto debit card platform. This means, if the plans of the company work out, the crypto Visa cards’ holders and crypto wallet users will be able to get loans in collateralization of Bitcoin and’s native token MCO.
The partner bank of the company is Wirecard Bank of Germany that already has a stored-value facility license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Marszalek is expecting its debit cards and lending service to disrupt the credit card industry.
Marszalek further shares his idea to eliminate the “unethical business” of banks:
“The credit card business model is one that is bordering on unethical business, as banks make a big chunk of profit from people who cannot afford late fees. These people should not be given a credit card in the first place.”
The loan process will involve KYC and would only allow the fiat borrowing capacity of 40 to 60 percent value of cryptos that must be pledged as collateral.
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