British Virgin Islands Sets Sights on Becoming Global Hub for Digital Assets

British Virgin Islands Sets Sights on Becoming Global Hub for Digital Assets

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is aiming to become a major hub for digital asset activities. To achieve this, the territory is working to execute rules and systems that would enable participation in the expanding digital asset market.

Lorna Smith, Minister for Financial Services, Labour and Trade, recently said that the BVI is well-positioned to be a significant player in the worldwide digital asset market.

She emphasized the need for a strong set of rules to manage this field, and highlighted the importance of balancing innovation with compliance of legal standards, local outlet BVI News reported Tuesday.

She added that it’s essential for the BVI to work closely with other countries to effectively handle regulatory challenges and reduce financial crime in the digital asset space.

British Virgin Islands’ Move Towards Secure Crypto Business

The BVI introduced the Virtual Assets Service Providers Act in 2022, which became active in Feb. 2023. This legislation outlines the types of virtual asset activities needing registration, sets out the criteria, and explains the duties and responsibilities of those registered.

It also grants certain authority to the BVI Financial Services Commission regarding these service providers and establishes penalties for violations under the Act.

During her speech, Smith drew attention to the Act, saying it’s a clear indication of the BVI’s dedication to creating a secure and supportive setting for digital asset enterprises.

She also pointed out recent international developments in this area, such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standard, the OECD’s framework for tax reporting on crypto assets, and Europe’s Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation (MiCA), underlining the global shift towards more structured approaches in managing digital assets.

Over 60 License Applications Received

The BVI has gained popularity among tech and crypto entrepreneurs. It has already received over 60 license applications under the Virtual Assets Service Providers Act.

Smith expressed confidence in the BVI’s potential to become a top global center for digital assets, citing its expertise in financial and professional services and a comprehensive legal framework.

However, there is a flip side to this growth. The BVI has also been a hotspot for crypto-related scams, ranking 9th worldwide. Now-crippled crypto hedge fund, Three Arrows Capital, was once based in the BVI.

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