Laos’ national bank has circulated a notice advising the citizens against digital money trading and their use.
In a notice, dated 29 August, the Bank of Laos (BOL) said that the general society is cautioned against the utilization of “unregulated” digital forms of money, particularly naming Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin as some of them. Focusing on shippers, merchants and occupants, the notice additionally encouraged residents to inquire about and see any computerized resources. The notice cautioned against the buy and deal, or exchanging of advanced resources, talking up the dangers in crypto-related speculations.
As indicated by the Laotian Times, the national bank indicated the present Law on Payment Systems (last reexamined in November 2017) that discredits cryptographic forms of money as payment instruments and claimed that they don’t meet the norms required for characterization as cash.
As things remain, there is no arrangement in Lao law to perceive cryptographic forms of money, nor are they managed by any enactment in the nation.
A senior national bank official looked to recognize cryptographic forms of money from fiat monetary standards, telling the Vientiane Times:
“It is not [a] real currency like Lao kip or Thai baht, because it is unable to pay debt. It is a digital record of a transaction. It is not yet regulated by law. People who get involved in the use of cryptocurrencies are taking risks if the digital system fails.”
Cryptocurrency trading is yet to be banned domestically despite all of this.
Laos would do well to take a cue from Thailand, its other neighbor. Recognizing the potential of cryptocurrency markets and initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising, Thailand’s securities regulator published ICO regulations in July while notably approving seven cryptocurrencies for operators to receive payments in. They are: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Stellar and Litecoin.
As Thailand’s largest movie theater chain begins accepting cryptocurrencies as payments for seats and popcorn across 600 screens nationwide, the country’s securities firms are also exploring the possibility of establishing and operating a joint cryptocurrency exchange in Bangkok.