South Korea May Lift ICO Ban
May 29, 2018 BY Garrett
The backlash to South Korea’s blanket ICO ban continues as the National Assembly officially proposes legalization of domestic ICOs.
The South Korean National Assembly banned all initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September last year. This was unfortunate news for many projects looking to get started, since South Korea is home to a significant portion of the cryptocurrency fanbase.
Earlier this month, Representative Hong Eui-rak, a member of the current ruling government in South Korea, began writing a bill that could legalize the launching of domestic ICOs and reverse this ban.
“The bill is aimed at legalizing ICOs under the government’s supervision,” said Hong. “The primary goal of the legislation is helping remove uncertainties facing blockchain-related businesses.”
In a continuance of the push for lifting the ICO ban, the National Assembly officially proposed the legalization of domestic ICOs yesterday. According to Business Korea, the National Assembly wants to allow domestic ICOs to run their offerings if those ICOs acknowledge the countries investor protection provisions.
A special committee working for the National Assembly stated that “We need to form a task force including private experts in order to improve transparency of cryptocurrency trading and establish a healthy trade order. The administration also needs to consider setting up a new committee and building governance systems at its level in a bid to systematically make blockchain policy and efficiently provide industrial support. We will also establish a legal basis for cryptocurrency trading, including permission of ICOs, through the National Assembly Standing Committee.”
It will be interesting to see if the ban will be lifted given the new proposals for protecting investors. It is likely that a final decision on the matter is on the horizon.