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Thai SEC Regulates Crypto Custody Providers
New crypto custody guidelines from Thailand's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) safeguard bitcoin investors. VASPs must put up a digital wallet management system to ensure efficient custody under the new laws. Designing, implementing, and maintaining digital wallets and keys need VASP policies.

First Virtual Banks By 2025 From Bank Of Thailand
Bank of Thailand will enable virtual banks for the first time. Financial businesses will provide services by 2025. The move boosts competitiveness and Thailand's economy. The licensing structure will regulate and supervise virtual banks like regular commercial banks.

Thai SEC Bars Crypto Staking & Lender Services after Zipmex’s Bankruptcy
Thai regulator has banned digital asset operators from offering crypto depository services that pay returns to depositors to protect traders and the public from service providers’ business risks.

Huobi to Delist Monero and Privacy Tokens on Regulatory Account
Huobi Global has unveiled its plans to delist privacy tokens, counting Monero (XMR), Dash (DSH), Decred (DCR), Firo (FIRO), Verge (XVG), Zcash (ZEC) and Horizen (ZEN) as the digital assets that will be affected.

Thai Regulators Make Moves to Tighten Crypto Rules
Regulators in Thailand have introduced tighter rules for digital assets due to trading irregularities and the fall of a top acquisition involving a crypto exchange.

Thailand Tightens Crypto Advertising Rules after Crypto Zipmex Bankrupted
Thailand has announced new measures to regulate cryptocurrency advertising in order to protect investors from being misled into buying risky crypto products.

Thai Energy Billionaire Sarath Ratanavadi Boosts Investment in Crypto
Thailand’s second-richest billionaire, Sarath Ratanavadi, has said he’s increasing investments in the blockchain ecosystem, despite the crypto industry’s bitter winter.

Thailand's Commercial Bank SCB Terminates Deal to Acquire BitKub Crypto Exchange
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), the oldest commercial banking institution in Thailand has announced the effective termination of its proposed deal to acquire the BitKub exchange.

Bank of Thailand to Start Retail Test for its Retail CBDC
The Central Bank of Thailand also known as the Bank of Thailand (BOT) plans to begin a pilot study of Retail central bank digital currency (CBDC)

Despite Zipmex Dilemma, Thai SEC Approved 4 New Digital Asset Operators
Even though one of Thailand’s leading digital asset exchanges, Zipmex, suffered from Celsius Network and Babel Finance’s financial woes, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand has granted licenses to operate four other crypto companies in the country.

Thailand Plans to Amend Regulations Governing Crypto Assets
Thailand's crypto regulation is under scrutiny as the government plans to amend rules governing digital assets.

Huobi to Cease Operations in Thailand After SEC Revokes License
The Thailand subsidiary of the Huobi cryptocurrency exchange has seen its operating license revoked by the country’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to comply with the system security requirements laid down by the regulator

Thailand Exempts Crypto Transfers from VAT Payments until 2024
The Thai government has decided to exempt crypto transfers from value-added tax (VAT) payments until December 31, 2023, following a royal decree, the Bangkok Post reported.

Thailand to Ban Use of Digital Assets as Payment from April
Thailand's market regulator announced that the use of digit assets to pay for goods and services will be banned from April 1, according to a report from Reuters.

Thailand Considers Opening Crypto Payments for Russian and Ukrainian Tourists
Following Mastercard and Visa suspension of Russian credit cards abroad due to international sanctions imposed, Thailand, on the other hand, is looking at accepting crypto payments for transactions.

Thai Cafe Welcomes Traders to Offer Crypto Advice
A cafe in the northeastern of Thailand has become popular with cryptocurrency traders, this restaurant now welcomes people to offer advice to the industry.

Thailand's Market Watchdogs Suggest Crypto Regulation to Avoid Threatening Financial Stability
Regulators in Thailand, including The trio of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Ministry of Finance (MOF), issued a joint statement on cryptocurrencies that threaten the local financial ecosystem.

Thai Firms Pour Money into Bitcoin as Crypto Ownership Expands
Major Thai companies are heavily investing money into Bitcoin as the number of people estimated to own cryptocurrency in the Southeast Asian nation surged over 400% in 2021 from the year before to 3.6 million, Nikkei Asia reported.

Thailand Sees PoW Mining Surge As China Ban Lingers On
As the popular saying goes, one man’s food is another man’s poison, the same can be said of crypto mining which is largely on the rise in Thailand amidst the persistent ban on related activities in China.

Thai Delays Testing Its Retail CBDC Until Late 2022
Thailand will be slow but prudent in testing its CBDC to ensure that it does not have problems with funder transfers and other payments.

Thai Central Bank Urges Less Engagement With Crypto, Other Sectors See Otherwise Instead
Due to the volatile nature and potential risks to the financial and payment stability of cryptocurrencies, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) has urged commercial banks to stay away from trading with digital assets.

Thailand Eyes Crypto Tourism to Increase GDP
Thailand could see a new phase in its tourism sector as it plans to target crypto digital nomads to increase its GDP.

Thai Bank SCB Acquires Local Crypto Exchange Bitkub for $536.7M
Thailand’s oldest bank Siam Commercial Bank Plc (SCB), has completed the acquisition by acquiring a majority stake of local cryptocurrency exchange Bitkub.

Thai Retail Giant to Introduce Crypto Coin for Its Shopping Malls
Thailand's biggest shopping centre developer, Central Retail Corp, is planning to introduce a digital currency among employees.

South Korea's Top Remittance Payment Company Global Money Express Joins RippleNet to Expand Payments into Thailand
Ripple has established a connection with Global Money Express, Korea’s top non-bank remittance payment company to link with Thailand’s Siam Business Bank.

Bank of Thailand Warns Against the Use of Digital Currencies Payments
The Bank of Thailand warned against the use of digital currencies as legal tender.

Thailand's SEC Eyes on Decentralized Finance
Thai financial authority turn their eyes to decentralized finance regulation by requesting future DeFi-related activities to get appropriate licenses.

Thailand to Implement In-Person KYC Step for Crypto Exchanges
Thailand has introduced a new method of verifying clients’ identities for crypto exchanges.

Thai Central Bank Issues Stern Warning about Thai Baht Digital (THT) Stablecoin
The Bank of Thailand is warning citizens against using the illegal THT stablecoin.

Thailand to Revive the Tourism Sector by Attracting Wealthy Crypto Holders
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is going an extra mile of targeting crypto holders, especially those from Japan as it seeks to revamp the nation’s tourism sector in the post-pandemic era

Thai Regulator Warns Against Unlicensed Crypto Firms as Cryptocurrency Trading Ramps Up
As cryptocurrency trading ramps up in the region, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand (SEC) warns investors against unregulated crypto players.

Thailand's Mystic Valley Music Festival To Receive Payment Via its Minted MYST Tokens
Thailand's Mystic Valley music festival will be accepting payment for tickets from attendees through its own native MYST tokens.

Thailand SEC Revises its Net Capital Rules In Favor of Crypto Backed Firms
Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission has made an upward review of its net capital requirement for the securities firm in the country with crypto ties.

Thailand Blockchain Community Partners with IBM to Expand $300M Electronic Letter of Guarantee Platform
Thailand Blockchain Community Initiative (BCI) has joined hands with IBM to extend the scope and reach of the blockchain-powered electronic letter of guarantee.

Bank of Thailand Completes Digital Bond Issuance With Blockchain
Thailand’s apex bank, the Bank of Thailand has leveraged the power of blockchain technology to launch a platform for government bond savings issuance

Bank of Thailand Tests its Central Bank Digital Currency with Large Businesses Before Official Debut
The Bank of Thailand (BoT), Thai’s central bank, is already utilizing its central bank digital currency (CBDC) for financial transactions with various big businesses. This development ushers in the third development phase of the nation’s CBDC before a public debut.

Bank of Thailand Projected to Go Forward with Central Bank Digital Currency Prototype
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) announced its plans for a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) prototype to be in effect by 2021. The BOT plans to begin the production of their prototype for a CBDC next month.

Hong Kong’s Central Bank and Bank of Thailand Announce Results of Blockchain-Based CBDC Study
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Bank of Thailand published the results in a research report of the Project Inthanon-LionRock, by the two central banks on the application of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) on cross-border payments. In May 2019, the two authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fintech collaboration, as Thailand is one of Hong Kong’s top 10 principal trading partners.

Toyota Leasing Issues Debentures Using Blockchain in its $16 Million Thai Market
Toyota Leasing Thailand Co Ltd, the automotive leasing arm of Toyota Motor Thailand, has offered debentures through blockchain’s distributed ledger technology (DLT) in its 500 million baht or $16.4M market.

Thailand Immigration Services to Implement the Idea of Virtual Visas
Travelling to Thailand may become even more accessible, thanks to blockchain technology. Thai Immigration Officials are in the process of testing out an ‘eVOA’ service for tourists entering the country. As a result, physical copies of travel documents may no longer be necessary.

Thailand’s SEC to Eradicate Any Stumbling Blocks to Digital Asset Advancement
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Thailand has revealed plans to revise the royal decree on digital asset businesses in 2020 to boost digital assets’ growth, as well as shielding investors from avoidable risks.

Thailand’s Trade Policy Office to Trace Agricultural Products from Farm to Export Using Blockchain
Thailand’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO) has revealed its intentions of using blockchain technology to trace agricultural products from farms to export as this will optimize buyers’ confidence.

Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya Unveils Blockchain-Based Platform for Cross-Border Funds Transfers
Smart contracts and blockchain play more of a key role in the economic and social growth of modern society. For example, Thailand’s Bank of Ayudhya demonstrates how the use of blockchain technology leverages cross-border funds transfers.

Ten Malaysians Arrested for Unlawful Bitcoin Investment Event
Ten Malaysians have been arrested in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and charged with illegally running a business that encourages Chinese nationals to invest in Bitcoin without a valid license.

Dash NEXT: Fostering Crypto Adoption in Asian Tourism
Felix Mago is the CEO of Dash Thailand, and has been working in the blockchain space since 2014 and one of the driving forces of cryptocurrency adoption in Thailand. He is the author of the “Bitcoin Handbook” and the co-founder of the Dash Embassy Thailand as well as the co-founder of Futerio, a southeast Asia based gateway to blockchain, ICOs, and OTC brokerage.

Thailand Finance Ministry Eyes Blockchain Technology to Revamp Service Delivery
Uttama Savanayana, Thailand’s Finance Minister, has revealed that his ministry wants to use blockchain technology for system upgrades intended for optimal service delivery to citizens.

Beware of an Overseas Crypto Scam, Thai Regulator Stipulates
The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has discovered a crypto scam where overseas companies are involved.