Indian Finance Minister Urges IMF to Lead in Regulating Crypto — Georgieva Says IMF Ready to Work With India – Regulation Bitcoin News

India’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has urged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to take “a lead role” in regulating crypto assets. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF’s Managing Director, says that the organization is ready to collaborate with India in addressing climate change and crypto regulation as well as other pressing global issues of today.

India wants the IMF to lead in crypto regulation

Nirmala Sitharaman (Indian Finance Minister) met Kristalina Georgiaieva, managing director and chairman on the executive board at the International Monetary Fund. The two discussed a wide range of topics, including India’s upcoming G20 presidency and crypto regulation.

According to India’s Ministry of Finance, Sitharaman and Georgieva discussed the significance of regulating crypto assets and the need to have a “globally coordinated, synchronized approach to the issue.” In addition, the Indian finance minister urged the IMF to “play a lead role in this regard.”

Indian Finance Minister Urges IMF to Lead in Crypto Regulation — Georgieva Says IMF Ready to Work With India

Sitharaman’s statement echoed her call for a global regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies during a meeting with the IMF and World Bank in April. Indian finance chief, Sitharaman, warned about money laundering risks and terror financing threats that could impact all countries. However she noted that none country can handle these risks. Her emphasis was on the fact that crypto assets can only be controlled when all countries work together.

Georgieva tweeted after the meeting with the finance minister Wednesday, confirming that the IMF “stands ready to work” with the Indian finance minister “on climate change, crypto regulation and other global challenges of our times.”

Indian Finance Minister Urges IMF to Lead in Crypto Regulation — Georgieva Says IMF Ready to Work With India

Georgieva spoke out Friday to CNBC TV18 after her meeting with Sitharaman. Georgieva said that India is now part of the IMF’s crypto regulatory alliance, and stressed the importance in balancing both the pro-and con aspects. The IMF managing Director elaborated further:

India’s digital ecosystem is on steroids as cryptos have emerged strongly without regulations. Remember that cryptos have a wild and free spirit.

Georgieva further noted that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put an emphasis on the advantages of leveraging India’s experience in digitization, adding that a more pragmatic roadmap can be worked out with clear deliverables. “It would be fantastic if India uses its leadership to ensure more transparency and data ownership,” the IMF chief concluded.

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Kevin Helms

Kevin, a student of Austrian Economics and evangelist since 2011, discovered Bitcoin. He is interested in Bitcoin security and open-source software, network effects, and the intersection of cryptography and economics.

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