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IMF Chief Georgieva Advocates Balanced Crypto Regulation for Global Financial Stability

Dec 14, 2023
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The IMF head at Seoul Conference highlights the importance of regulating cryptocurrencies without hindering innovation.

The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva emphasized the necessity for cryptocurrency regulations in her opening speech at a conference in Seoul on digital currencies. "The challenge is that high crypto asset adoption could undermine macro-financial stability," the IMF's managing director, Kristalina Georgieva, said.

Georgieva cautioned that unregulated cryptocurrencies could pose a threat to global financial stability. She suggested that the swift adoption of cryptocurrencies could disrupt crucial financial systems and the global macroeconomy, as reported by Reuters. She acknowledged the innovative potential of cryptocurrencies and underscored the importance of regulating them without impeding their progress.

The IMF is committed to fostering efficient, interconnected financial systems. Georgieva expressed her commitment to mitigating crypto risks through regulations and technology, advocating for the use of technology to establish a better framework that encourages innovation. "Good rules can help guide innovation,” she stated.

Georgieva pointed out that policymakers play a significant role in shaping digital finance. They have the choice to either actively participate or risk lagging behind. In her speech, she lauded India’s progress in digital infrastructure and emphasized the importance of learning from the experiences of advanced economies in handling money.

Kim So-young, a prominent figure in South Korea’s crypto scene and a top financial regulator, discussed the challenge of balancing cryptocurrency regulation with innovation. South Korea plans to enact the Virtual Asset User Protection Act by July 19, 2024, to safeguard users and maintain market integrity.

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