Abstract：Unveiling XREX's triumph: MAS approval sets stage for Crypto payment evolution in Singapore and APAC.
Asia's XREX, a crypto exchange, has secured initial approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license. This pivotal step opens the doors for XREX to provide digital payment token products and services within Singapore.
Upon full licensing, XREX plans to expand its BitCheck payment tool, currently enabling transactions involving fiat currencies, stablecoins, and diverse cryptocurrencies. Wayne Huang, XREX's co-founder and Group CEO, emphasized the role of XREX Singapore as the primary product provider in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Meanwhile, XREX Taiwan will maintain its vital functions in product design, engineering, research, and threat analysis.
XREX Singapore, positioned as the APAC headquarters, aims to target emerging markets in the vicinity, addressing potential challenges in accessing USD liquidity.
This regulatory achievement elevates XREX among approved entities such as exchanges, stablecoin issuers, neobanks, and payment service providers in Singapore. The MAS has processed over 580 applications for payment service licenses since January 2020's licensing regime inception.
However, less than 20 Digital Payment Token (DPT) licenses or in-principle approvals have been granted thus far. XREX now joins established entities like Coinbase, DBS Vickers, Circle, Paxos, Ripple, and Revolut in receiving the MAS's approval.
Christopher Chye, XREX Singapore's CEO, praised the hard-won MAS approval, recognizing Singapore's commitment to attracting responsible actors in the industry. He expressed XREX's anticipation of introducing more cost-effective, secure, and swifter domestic and cross-border payments for Singapore and emerging market businesses.
Nick Chang, Head of Compliance for XREX Group and XREX Singapore, highlighted Singapore's progressive regulatory framework, offering users clarity and confidence in accessing digital assets and stablecoins. Meanwhile, Jason Lai, XREX Singapore's Head of Legal, emphasized their team's expertise in navigating cross-border legal frameworks and common law principles, further solidifying their commitment to regulatory compliance and user safety.
This move solidifies Singapore's stance as a cryptocurrency hub in Asia. It unfolds amid discussions by Singapore regulators about potential consumer protections for crypto investors, including suitability tests, limitations on leverage trading, and credit facilities. The regulatory body also contemplates potential restrictions on retail investment in the crypto sector through new consumer protection measures.
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