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Indonesian Regulator Says Crypto Exchange Will Launch In July

Indonesia’s financial services regulator is gearing up to unveil its long-awaited national crypto exchange this month, marking a significant step forward for the country’s burgeoning digital asset industry. 

Despite facing delays and obstacles, the Indonesian government remains committed to creating a robust ecosystem that promotes investor confidence and drives mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.

With a target launch date set for July, the exchange promises to provide a secure and regulated platform that will facilitate crypto transactions and foster a thriving market. 

Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan’s Optimistic Announcement

The journey toward the establishment of the national crypto exchange began with ambitious plans to launch by the end of 2022. However, the process encountered various challenges, resulting in a postponement of the project.

Undeterred, the Ministry of Trade, led by Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, announced during the opening ceremony for Crypto Literacy Month in Jakarta that the exchange is now on track for a July release. 

His remarks highlighted the government’s commitment to establishing a secure and regulated platform for crypto transactions. The upcoming exchange aims to streamline the digital assets market in Indonesia by consolidating existing registered exchanges under one comprehensive platform. 

Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan emphasized that the evaluation process is underway to select eligible companies for participation in the exchange. By encompassing all five active crypto exchanges currently regulated by the country, the national exchange will foster a cohesive ecosystem that enhances trading efficiency and market integrity.

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Total market cap recovers above $1.2 trillion | Source: Crypto Total Market Cap on TradingView.com

Robust Regulatory Framework to Foster Market Integrity

The regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the crypto exchange, the Futures and Commodity Trading Regulatory Agency (Bappebti), has been actively preparing for the launch. 

Head of Bappebti, Didid Noordiatmoko, emphasized the importance of system integration tests, stating that, “We conducted system integration tests between traders, exchanges, clearing, and depository.” 

The exchange will play a pivotal role as a mediator between buyers and sellers, offering a secure environment that adheres to robust Know Your Customer (KYC) processes.

Furthermore, the national exchange will serve as a custodian, adding an additional layer of protection for investors. The exchange’s custodial function will manage asset flows, safeguarding the interests of buyers and sellers. 

This approach aligns with Indonesia’s commitment to comprehensive regulation and market oversight, aimed at mitigating risks associated with digital asset trading. The Indonesian government’s proactive approach to digital assets demonstrates the country’s evolving stance on cryptocurrencies. 

Although Indonesia previously imposed a ban on crypto payments in 2017, the growing recognition of the potential benefits has prompted a change in policy. In fact, Indonesia ranked 20th out of 146 economies in the 2022 global crypto adoption index, highlighting the country’s increasing interest in digital assets.

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