Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, and the UK to work on joint crypto initiatives

Monday 30 October 2023 14:50 CET | News

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has planned to start collaborating on digital asset pilots with some European countries and Japan.


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has planned to start collaborating on digital asset pilots with some European countries and Japan.

Global collaboration for crypto pilots

The MAS has announced on 30 October that it is partnering with the Financial Services Agency of Japan (FSA), the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), and the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote joint digital asset pilots. The authority specifically seeks to carry out such pilots in relation to fixed income, foreign exchange, and asset management products.

The initiative builds upon Singapore’s ongoing asset tokenization project known as Project Guardian, which was launched in 2022. Under Project Guardian, Singapore’s central bank collaborated with 15 financial institutions to complete pilots on asset tokenization, which demonstrated a significant potential for transaction efficiency.

Officials from MAS said that as the pilots grow in scale and sophistication, there is a need for closer cross-border collaboration among policymakers and regulators, adding that Singapore’s regulator has therefore established a Project Guardian policymaker group comprising the FSA, the FCA, and FINMA.

Striving for shared standards and sustainable growth

The group aims to initiate policy and accounting discussions and identify potential risks and legal gaps related to digital assets and tokenized solutions. The project also seeks to explore the development of common standards for the design of digital asset networks and find best practices across various jurisdictions. Other work vectors include interoperability, regulatory sandboxes, and education related to the digital currency industry.

MAS’ partnership with the FSA, the FCA and FINMA shows a strong desire among policymakers to deepen their understanding of the opportunities and risks arising from digital asset innovation, added representatives from MAS. Through this partnership, they hope to promote the development of common standards and regulatory frameworks that can better support cross border interoperability, as well as sustainable growth of the digital asset ecosystem.

Singapore has been actively collaborating with global financial authorities in the field of digital currency. In September 2023, Singapore MAS completed a joint test of the cross-border trading and settlement of wholesale central bank digital currencies in collaboration with the Bank for International Settlements and the central banks of France and Switzerland.

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Keywords: digital assets, cryptocurrency, regulation, tokenization, compliance
Categories: DeFi & Crypto & Web3
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