US Officials to get Blockchain Advice from US Treasury

The Treasury Dept. of the USA published a blog for the governmental structures interested in blockchain
26 March 2018   786

The message that was drafted by the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (BFS), contains several lessons that the authorities collected while experimenting with a an evidence of concept blockchain system.

The BFS recommended the officials to overcome the hype spreading around blockchain technology and impartially envisage whether a distributed ledger add value to their operations. According to the bureau, the systems of this kind are most rewarding for departments where central gatekeeping is costly (especially when stuff verify transactions) and there is less common trust between the various parties in the ecosystem.

The US Treasury also pointed out that the governmental services are better state their projects with non-technical people and DLT sceptics to test the suggested system “through a gauntlet” in order to observe whether it is really useful. That can be determined by the following way: if a working team is consisted of pro-blockchain people only, they can be “blinded by the hype and force a square peg into a round hole”. So, setting blockchain technology through a gauntlet would help the officials to understand the usefulness of the method and to monitor if it reaches the other side. The blog also recommended developers to dedicate expansive time to inquire stakeholders rather than leaping straight into devising the system.  

The Treasure Blockchain program started in October and it was aimed to utilize DLT-based systems to track physical assets (smartphones or computers). Agency authorities appreciated the technology`s ability to decrease forgery and magnify efficiency.

The Treasury's financial crimes division has been directed to enforce President Trump's recent order preventing US citizens and residents from dealing with the “Petro” (a state-backed cryptocurrency issued by Venezuela). It was the first time when the president has officially ordered a government department to take action towards a blockchain-based technology.

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   294

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.