South Korean ICO Regulations
South Korea is still looking to find the right way to regulate cryptocurrencies and ICOs. The feelings is that South Korea does not want to hinder the digital currency industry but wants to protect their citizens against bad investments. However Consensus 2018 proves that Korea needs to embrace cryptocurrencies and ICOs or risk falling behind in this new and innovative industry.
Banning ICOs in Korea and heavily regulating cryptocurrencies has slowed innovation in this very new industry. Because of the ban on ICOs for Korean startups and companies, the Korean government has blocked blockchain technologies and tokens that are built on this technology. Korean companies are all looking outside Korea to start their ICOs. The late start in innovation was suppose to offset the security of Korean citizens and investors making bad investments. However that has not been the case. Koreans are investing in ICOs and cryptocurrencies more than ever. If the Korean government was looking to stop those seeking to defraud or steal from the Korean people, they have failed.
The Role of the Korean Government in the Crypto Space
The Return of ICOs in Korea
Currently, it seems South Korean’s main priority is not innovation but rather to keep people safe. Their main concern for the digital currency space is that there is so much money flowing through the market without it touching Korean financial institutions. This means it will be open to money laundering and tax evasion. This is why Korea wants to make clear regulatory clarity surrounding token sales. Once they have it, ICOs should be back in Korea. Timing is the issue and time could be running out.
It might be impossible to get rid of fraud in this industry. The main issue should be classifying tokens as a security. The Korean government will have guidelines and if a Korean ICO company complies with the law, that is all they can do on their part. The Korean government should ONLY step in when fraud is involved.
Korea can’t afford to have innovative blockchain startups go out of Korea and into Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, etc. The faster the Korean government sets the regulations regarding ICOs the faster it will be for businesses to stay in South Korea. Korea needs to embrace cryptocurrencies instead of looking for ways to hinder it. Hopefully after Consensus 2018