Lawmakers across the globe have been working rigorously on bills to legalise or regulate cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology. But, this time, South Korean lawmakers are trying to put up a bill to legalize the launch of new initial coin offerings (ICOs) and digital currencies.
This group of South Korean Lawmakers is lead by Rep. Hong Eui-rak of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea who is backed by 10 other legislators who want the bill endorsed this year.
Rep. Hong Eui-rak who spoke at a forum devoted to ICOs and blockchain technology at the National Assembly on Wednesday said that “the bill is aimed at legalizing ICOs under the government’s supervision.” He revealed that the bill was based on collaborative research conducted by his office and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA).
Hong expressed the aim of the bill:
“The primary goal (of the legislation) is helping remove uncertainties facing blockchain-related businesses.”
Lots of ICOs have been shrouded in scams and according to the bill, ICOs initiated by public organizations and research centers will be subject to strict supervision by the Financial Services Commission and the Ministry of Science and ICT.
The benefit of the blockchain technology needs to be incorporated into the economy. Chung Sye-kyun, a speaker from the National Assembly, states the role of lawmakers to eliminate political uncertainties surrounding
digital currencies and blockchain technology and their adoption:
“Blockchain and cryptos can be used in various public sectors for good causes. Given their potential, we need to work to help reduce political uncertainties they face.”
The move is the first parliamentary challenge to the government’s ban on the opening of new ICOs, which was introduced late last year to fight speculative investments in cryptocurrencies. The proposed bill is a great start to eliminating the dark shadows that have loomed over ICOs in South Korea.
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