A high-ranking executive of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), Sakkapop Panyanukul, made an effort to define the BOT’s position on digital assets. Panyanukul revealed that the primary financial institution in Thailand was presently deliberating on guidelines for the emerging market and is in talks with other financial regulatory bodies in the country on the matter. He revealed that the goal of regulations was minimizing the harm to participants in the emerging ecosystem.
Panyanukul disclosed that trade was being carried out in Thailand with cryptocurrencies. He said these transactions did not breach any laws. He, however, warned those engaging in these transactions to be aware of the inherent harms they exposed themselves to. The number one financial institution had previously stated that digital assets are not viewed as currency. They revealed that trade carried out with digital assets as the store of value was akin to trade by barter, where both parties are aware of the inherent harms.
The top bank executive revealed the mainstream utilization of other currencies as accepted means of exchange would make the financial system difficult to manage. One more top official at the central bank, Chayawadee Chai-anant, disclosed other apex banks were also contemplating the possible harms to economic stability. She added that even though the BOT is not stopping the utilization of the new technology in facilitating payments, they remain deeply concerned about market swings.
Financial Institutions Not Allowed Direct Digital Asset Exposure
Even though citizens remain free to conduct transactions with blockchain technology, the financial regulators make an exception for financial institutions. The financial regulator disclosed that it wanted banks not to trade these tokens because of their highly unstable prices. They believe an institution handling public funds should not undertake such risks.
However, financial institutions can gain indirect exposure to the nascent market through shares in crypto companies. One of Thailand’s most prominent financial institutions disclosed purchasing over 50% of the shares in a native crypto platform early last month. The purchase summed up to a little over $500 million.
Increased Interest In Digital Assets For Payments And Past Regulatory actions
Digital assets are now highly sought after as payment options for products in Thailand. Many corporations in Thailand now request payments in Bitcoin and Ethereum. The rise pushed the primary financial institution to sound a warning in the summer. The bank regulator during the summer reminded parties concerned about the lack of recognition for crypto as a medium of exchange. It also outlined the risks that the transactions posed to the parties involved.
In the summer, the SEC placed restrictions on exchanges preventing them from listing meme coins or engaging in NFT transactions. They also filed a suit against Binance, stating that the corporation was running an exchange without legal authorization. All of these were followed by statements from the country’s leader a couple of months ago discouraging them from getting involved in the emerging market, also citing the market’s unpredictable and volatile movements. The country, however, has encouraged crypto tourism.