Switzerland has a new rotating president as its former finance minister Ueli Maurer takes over the helm after overseeing the country’s financial sector for 3 years.
The move is seen as a positive one in the eyes of Switzerland’s burgeoning cryptocurrency community, as Maurer had been at the helm of numerous positive developments in the crypto arena during his role as a finance minister.
As finance minister, Maurer has helped his country’s financial sector adapt to the changing face of the finance, particularly in its adoption of regulations overseeing the cryptocurrency sector; industry-friendly regulations which are much admired by many nations around the world who are also in the process of regulating new financial technologies.
The government’s liberal blockchain regulations are one of the reasons that Switzerland has become a world-class playground for start-ups and successful blockchain enterprises. The Alpine nation’s latest announcement regarding DLT and its increasingly prevalent place in the country’s financial sector is a new strategy for amending current outmoded laws. The strategy also calls for the integration of cryptocurrencies into the heart of Switzerland’s economic plan.
A blockchain task force of blockchain industry stakeholders was formed last year when it became clear that emerging technologies were gaining traction within the Swiss financial economy.
Switzerland’s biggest hurdle, a factor which President Maurer has acknowledged in the past, remains the reluctance of Swiss banks to service cryptocurrency businesses and exchanges, an issue which is still causing concerns in the industry and one that has recently prompted companies to consider moving to more favorable jurisdictions for banking.
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