G20 Summit Concludes Crypto Is Important And Needs To Be Regulated
The G20 is an international forum of central banks and governments of nations with developing and developed economies. It addressed the crypto issue during a recent declaration on the global economy and sustainable development.
Summary Of Declaration
On December 1, the G20 declaration on sustainable development was released on the site of the Council of the European Union and the European Council. The document summarized the G20 summit that took place from November 30 to December 1 in Argentina.
It addressed the regulation of crypto, despite being quite brief on the issue. Crypto is mentioned in the content of a resilient and open system of finance. It is claimed that it will be important for supporting sustainable growth.
While recognizing how important the crypto sector was for the world economy, it was noted that there was still a need to fight money laundering and terrorism funding. This will be done in line with the standards of the FATF.
Other Noteworthy Points
In the same document, the participants at the G20 expressed positivity on non-bank financial institutions. They pointed out that they had various major potential benefits in the world of finance. It is especially so since the innovators are also working on solutions for the associated risks.
International Crypto Taxation
During the summit, Jiji, a Japanese news outlet, reported the G20 nations called for international crypto taxation. According to them, the final text of the declaration calls for crypto taxation internationally.
The publication states that in the current set up, a foreign company without a factory or base in Japan cannot pay tax by the government. However, the G20 summit wants a cross-border taxation system for electronic services.
The outlet also gave an estimate as to when the taxation might start. It is said that after considering various proposals, the final version of the regulation will be around 2020. The issue will be up for discussion in 2019 when Japan will host the summit and Shinzo Abe becomes president of the G20.
Previous G20 Commentary
The G20 has been hands-off on crypto in the past. In March 2018, after the French finance minister made a proposal, the first public debate on crypto was held. The debate concluded with a firm deadline for July. This would be when specific regulation on crypto would come into play. This is despite the fact that the Financial Services Board of the G20 resisted calls to regulate crypto during the conference.
Besides that, some G20 members said that crypto had to be studied closely before making any decisions. However, nations such as Brazil decided that they would not follow recommendations by the G20.
However, they reiterated that the FATF would have their standards applied to crypto markets in the various markets in the G20 nations. However, they did note that crypto assets raise issues such as tax evasion, investor protection, and money laundering. In other news, seven southern European nations have formed the Mediterranean 7 to promote the use of the DLT.