We’ve all seen the movies and read the sci-fi books about machines and robots taking over the world. But how close are we to that becoming a reality? Smart contracts are becoming more and more commonplace in our society. Will they replace lawyers, accountants, and other officials completely or is this still just a fantasy?
While many national systems are seeking to take action against crypto-currencies by banning them and imposing limiting regulations, Malta is taking a totally different path. Malta is, in fact, currently preparing crypto-currency regulations, being the first country to do so.
The rapid increase in digital technology has given many smaller countries the opportunity to attract companies and investors from a range of specialised online industries as they bid to improve their financial resources. The selling of domain names, online gambling and financial enterprises involving digital block-chain cryptocurrencies are just some of the entrepreneurial schemes and investments that small island territories in particular are keen to encourage.
Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency platform Binance has now migrated to Malta due to a recent ICO ban enacted by China. This move will essentially transform Malta into a “blockchain island”; a hub destined to transform the current cryptocurrency marketplace.
Modern day entrepreneurs have creative ways of raising money like crowdfunding, which is steadily gaining dominance. ICOs operate under similar principles in that investors are offered shares in a currency that is still in development. In exchange, they contribute the more popular digital currency such as Ethereum and Bitcoin. Fiat currency like the Euro and USD can also be used.
Malta’s recent conference to discuss Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation. The conference was opened by Parliamentary Secretary, Silvio Schembri who expressed the opinion that the Maltese Government was planning to launch a new Digital Innovation Authority Bill (DIA) which will operate as the only regulator for ‘Innovative Digital Technology’. The Technology Arrangements and Services Bill (referred to henceforth as TAS) was also mentioned by Dr Schembri, as was the keenly anticipated Virtual Currency Act. The triumvirate of bills will form the foundation of the Maltese Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation.