The Monetary Authority of Singapore announced a new framework that seeks to ensure value stability for stablecoins regulated in Singapore.
On 15 August 2023, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s primary regulator for banks and payment services, announced its new stablecoin regulatory framework. The new framework introduces licensing and other requirements for stablecoin issuers with operations in Singapore.
This framework follows a consultation paper in October 2022, on the MAS’ proposed approach to the regulation of stablecoin issuers and intermediaries, and a consultation paper on the scope of e-money and digital payment tokens in December 2019, in which the MAS considered the need to review its regulatory approach to accommodate stablecoins with the potential to become more widely used as payment instruments. These publications, together with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s discussion paper on its proposed approach to the regulation of stablecoins, (see Latham’s blog post), indicate that Asian regulators continue to consider appropriate guardrails for cryptocurrencies in light of significant consumer interest.