Estonia’s e-Residency program allows location-independent non-citizens and firms to access services such as banking digitally. Cryptocurrency firms have particularly embraced the program warmly with around 600 of them estimated to be registered there currently. Consequently, the Estonian central bank deputy governor, Madis Muller, says the program poses a money-laundering risk In quotes reported by Reuters, the central bank chief stated: There is a money laundering risk with cryptocurrency operators. We have made it too easy for these crypto operators now. They get a reputational benefit from their link to Estonia. We get the reputational risk. Empowering Estonian Police to Investigate
Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly revealed that it expects to approve the country’s first portal for initial coin offerings (ICOs) this month, with ICO approvals to follow. According to the country’s crypto regulation, a portal’s role is to examine companies planning to launch an ICO.
Approval Expected in November
The Thai SEC expects to approve the country’s first ICO portal this month and the first ICO next month, local media reported on Thursday. Rapee Sucharitakul, secretary-general of Thailand’s SEC, was quoted by the Nation as saying: