Brazil’s central bank, Banco Central do Brasil, is taking quick steps to tighten restrictions on the booming digital asset industry in response to a surge in bitcoin usage.
The action comes after crypto imports into the country increased by 44.2% between January and August 2023 when compared to the same period the previous year, totaling more than $35.9 billion BRL (about $7.4 billion USD).
In an address to the Finance and Taxation Commission of the Brazilian parliament, Governor Roberto Campos Neto expressed concern about the exponential expansion of cryptocurrencies, emphasising the need for increased regulatory supervision.
This is in response to the changing scenario in which stablecoins, which are frequently used for everyday transactions rather than investment, have gained substantial popularity.
Stricter Oversight Driven by Increased Adoption and Stablecoin Surge
Governor Campos Neto claimed that stablecoins show a shift in crypto behaviour towards practical usage, indicating a need for more specialised regulatory measures.
Recognising the potential hazards connected with the digital asset ecosystem, the central bank intends to increase oversight of crypto exchanges and platforms in order to combat issues like as tax evasion and criminal activity.
In June 2023, Brazil’s central bank took sole responsibility for crypto regulation, consolidating its influence in influencing the country’s cryptocurrency landscape. While the central bank is leading the development of comprehensive regulatory rules, the Comisso de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), Brazil’s version of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), continues to regulate token projects classified as securities.
Furthermore, the central bank is making substantial progress in the development of Drex, the central bank digital currency (CBDC). The official debut of the CBDC’s name and emblem in August signals a watershed moment in improving the stability and efficiency of Brazil’s financial system.
The Regulatory Journey in Brazil
This comes just a few months after the Brazilian government charged the BCB with overseeing the country’s cryptocurrency market in a June 13 directive. The law, numbered 14478, went into effect in December, and this paper implements it.
That act establishes the ideas of virtual asset regulation and the definition of virtual assets. It states that the governing agency is to be chosen by the President. The BCB will issue licences to virtual asset service providers and monitor their actions in compliance with the legislation and its implementing regulations. A month later, Brazil’s central bank announced that a public consultation on cryptocurrency regulation would be held in the second half of this year.
In a statement, the central bank stated that it intends to seek advice and feedback from industry professionals and the general public before imposing the final laws and that enterprises already operating in the market will be given at least six months to comply.
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