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    Zimbabwe Invites Comments on Proposed Crypto Regulations: Here’s How to Comment Before June 26

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    The government of Zimbabwe is taking significant steps towards regulating the country’s crypto-currency industry, seeking input from both domestic and international stakeholders. As the nation navigates the complexities of digital currencies, authorities have set a June 26 deadline for comments from crypto service providers. This initiative aims to craft a regulatory framework tailored to Zimbabwe’s specific needs and conditions.

    Understanding the New Regulatory Initiative

    According to Nick Mangwana, the Permanent Secretary for Information and Publicity, the Zimbabwean government has formed a committee dedicated to gathering insights from businesses involved in cryptocurrency within Zimbabwe. Mangwana emphasized the importance of understanding the local virtual assets ecosystem. He noted that the government is particularly focused on mitigating risks associated with cryptocurrencies, such as money laundering, terrorism financing, and other illicit activities.

    “Given the anonymity and decentralization that characterize these digital assets, it is crucial to identify and mitigate any associated risks,” Mangwana stated. The overarching goal is to balance innovation with the security and integrity of Zimbabwe’s financial system.

    Call for Participation

    The government has invited all crypto service providers — ranging from wallet hosting and exchanges to investment providers and miners — to participate in this assessment. Stakeholders are encouraged to complete a questionnaire available through a designated online link. This feedback will inform the development of a regulatory framework that both supports technological advancement and ensures robust financial oversight.

    Context: Zimbabwe’s Financial Landscape

    Zimbabwe’s interest in regulating cryptocurrency is part of a broader effort to address persistent economic challenges. The country has faced significant inflation and currency instability over the past decade. Following a period of hyperinflation, Zimbabwe adopted the U.S. dollar in 2009. The Zimbabwean dollar was reintroduced in 2019, but volatility continued, prompting a partial return to the U.S. dollar last year.

    In an innovative move, the Zimbabwean government introduced a central bank-issued digital currency backed by gold, known as Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG), in May last year. Despite initial skepticism from the International Monetary Fund, the gold-backed currency has been successful, and it was approved as a payment method in October.

    How to Submit Your Comments

    To participate in the regulatory consultation process, cryptocurrency service providers can access the questionnaire here (https://forms.office.com/r/56ghZ0W5He). The deadline for submissions is June 26, 2024. For additional information, inquiries can be directed to the National Risk Assessment Coordination Committee via email at info@fiu.co.zw.

    This initiative represents a significant step for Zimbabwe as it seeks to regulate a rapidly evolving sector, ensuring that the benefits of crypto-currency adoption are realized while minimizing associated risks.

    Charles Rapulu Udoh has carved a niche at the forefront of Africa’s booming tech scene. With years of experience, Udoh has become a go-to expert for multi-million dollar deals in venture capital, private equity, and intellectual property across a vast landscape — from Delaware and New York to Singapore and South Africa. But his expertise extends beyond just the legalese. Udoh is also a corporate governance, data privacy, and tax whiz. An award-winning writer and researcher, he’s passionate about chronicling Africa’s startup story, cementing his position as a true pioneer in the field.

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