Malta Trying to Pull the Center of Crypto West

Why Malta stands out as a Crypto/Blockchain Hub

The government of Malta is pass laws ensuring exchange owners and users a level of certainty about the future. The rules will cover how brokerages, exchanges, asset managers and traders operate, making them among the broadest set of regulations for the industry. “The proposed framework will offer legal certainty in a space that is currently unregulated,” the government said in a consultation paper. A national tax policy permits international companies on the island to pay a rate of as little as 5 percent as well.

Recently, a few cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, OKEx, and BitBay, set up operations on the island because of its progressive policymaking towards the field.

Much of the country’s overly positive sentiment towards the industry is represented by its Prime Minister. Joseph Muscat has been quite outspoken, stating that cryptocurrencies are the “inevitable future of money.” In a celebratory tweet following the recent legislative progress, Muscat has stated that the country aims to become a “global hub for market leaders in this new sector.”

The arrival of cryptocurrency companies brings jobs and the economic activity they spur. Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by traded value, said it will “eventually hire up to 200 people” in Malta to carry out its relocation from Hong Kong.

“Even the bravest projects, tech-related or not, require the right environment to grow bigger and stronger and we are determined to offer that environment in Malta,” said Silvio Schembri, the Maltese Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation.

One more quote from Schembri to illuminate the motive:

“The idea was to get the public to become aware and understand that it may be beneficial to society as a whole to recognize that a technology arrangement could indeed operate better and more safely if it had a legal personality allowing it to take into consideration all the rights and remedies in case of financial or even ‘physical’ harm, to all those around it.”

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