• India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has recently expressed her belief that cryptocurrencies will dominate India’s future.
• Prior to this statement, the governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) proclaimed his desire to ban all digital currencies in the country.
• The nation had previously announced that financial institutions would no longer be able to provide services or tools to blockchain and cryptocurrency firms.
Sitharaman on Crypto in India
India’s Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman recently visited Washington and made a statement regarding cryptocurrencies taking up most of the chat time during this year’s upcoming G20 presidency event in India. She stated that given many collapses and shocks in cryptos, they are seeking to develop a common framework for all countries to deal with this matter. This was referring to the downfall of FTX, once one of the top digital currency exchanges in the world which came crashing down last year unexpectedly.
Das’s View on Crypto Assets
The Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Shaktikanta Das expressed his opinion that he doesn’t believe crypto assets have any place in India and he would prefer them all gone regardless how big or important they might seem. He said: “RBI’s position is very clear; it should be banned, all of them.“ He also said that blockchain technology needs support from other countries.
India’s Uneasy Relationship with Crypto
India has had an unsteady relationship with bitcoin and crypto since 2018 where traditional financial institutions were not allowed to do business or work with crypto companies anymore. Many outlets reported that this meant a complete ban on cryptocurrency but it was only so far as banks and other standard financial platforms not being allowed to provide tools or services for blockchain and cryptocurrency based enterprises anymore.
Turning Things Around?
Despite initial hesitation towards cryptocurrency, there have been positive signs for its growth within Indian markets such as having free trade agreements being signed much faster than before between nations like Australia, UAE, Mauritius, ASEAN etc., extending quota-free tariff-free regime to least developed countries as well as having applications such as WhatsApp working with Matic Network already expanding their payment options using Bitcoin through their app – making it easier for users to purchase goods using digital currencies directly from businesses without needing extra steps or conversions.
Although there is still some uncertainty when it comes to cryptocurrencies within Indian markets due to lack of regulations at present, Nirmala Sitharaman expressing her future predictions about its prospects is certainly promising news for those who want more inclusion when it comes investing into digital currencies within the region. With new updates coming soon regarding potential regulations by government bodies as well as more applications like WhatsApp providing easier access into purchasing goods using digital currencies directly from businesses without needing extra steps or conversions – it looks like an exciting year ahead for virtual currencies within India!