Crypto Assets is an issue that requires immediate attention from G20: Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that 'Crypto Assets' is an issue that requires immediate attention from the G20

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that ‘Crypto Assets’ is an issue that requires immediate attention from the G20 and “our response has to ensure that we do not lose any potential benefits while protecting our economies from harm”.

Sitharaman made the remarks during a brainstorming session on “Macrofinancial Implications of Crypto Assets” with G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington D.C. on Friday.

India currently holds the rotating annual presidency of G20 countries.

Issues related to crypto have emerged as a major point of discussion among G20 countries and there is unanimity among member nations about the urgency to regulate this sector.

The brainstorming session was attended by global experts on this issue.

Sitharaman said the G20 acknowledges the work of the IMF and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in bringing out key elements of policy and regulatory framework.

She also said a synthesis paper, which would integrate macroeconomic and regulatory perspectives of crypto assets, is required.

Sitharaman also noted that there was consensus among G20 members to have a globally coordinated policy response on crypto assets that takes into consideration the full range of risks, including those specific to emerging markets and developing economies.

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