Oman Invites Bids From Firms Interested in Creating Regulatory Framework for Virtual Assets

By Terence Zimwara

Authorities in the Middle Eastern state of Oman have asked specialized companies, interested in helping the country set up a regulatory framework for virtual assets, to submit their proposals. Interested companies need to submit their proposals no later than March 23, 2022.
Process Divided Into Two Phases
The Oman financial regulator, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), recently invited companies interested in helping it set up a regulatory framework for virtual assets to participate in a tender process.
According to a report by Unlock Media, this process of creating the regulatory framework will be divided into two phases. The first part will identify and set out the legislative and regulatory framework required for the regulation of virtual assets. It will also establish the proper safeguards for investors.

The next phase, according to the report, will involve training and technical support for the CMA as well as creating the work manuals forms. Meanwhile, in a screenshot of the tender advertisement shared by a Twitter user, the CMA asks “specialized” companies that wish to participate in the tender process to pay a tender and to submit the required documents which include a copy of the commercial registration certificate.

Crypto Taskforce
The CMA’s floating of the tender comes several months after the country’s central bank warned Oman residents of the risks of cryptocurrency trading. The tender invitation also comes nearly four months after the central bank’s launch of a task force mandated with studying the pros and cons of authorizing the use of cryptocurrencies.
According to the tender advertisement, interested companies need to file their proposals on or before March 23, 2022.

Tags in this story

What are your thoughts on this story? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

Image Credits: Shutterstock, Pixabay, Wiki Commons

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a direct offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or a recommendation or endorsement of any products, services, or companies. Bitcoin.com does not provide investment, tax, legal, or accounting advice. Neither the company nor the author is responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.

Read disclaimer

More Popular NewsIn Case You Missed It

Myanmar Military Government Proposes to Jail Digital Currency and VPN Users

By Terence Zimwara

Myanmar’s military-ruled government is proposing to enact laws that will see users of virtual private networks (VPN) and digital currencies being jailed for up to three years. In addition, offenders will be made to pay fines of up to $2,800.
Draft Bill Open for Comments
Myanmar’s military-ruled government is proposing to enact a law that outlaws the use of virtual private networks (VPN) and digital currencies in that country. Once enacted, violators of the new law not only face jail time but will be made to pay a fine.
According to a report published by The Register, individuals caught using VPNs will face a possible jail sentence of between one and three years. In addition, offenders may also be asked to pay a fine of $2,800 or five million Myanmar Kyats. Digital currency users, on the other hand, face a minimum jail term of six months and a maximum of up to one year. They will also be liable to pay fines of up to $2,800.
Besides targeting digital currency and VPN users, the military government’s proposed regulations will compel service providers to provide the personal information of users when requested to do so by authorities.
A draft bill signed by Soe Thein, the permanent secretary of the Military’s Transport and Communications Ministry, is currently open for comments. As suggested in the report, citizens will be allowed to comment on the draft until January 28.

Proposed Law Criticized
Reacting to the proposals, Alp Toker, the director of Netblocks — an internet monitoring company — is quoted in the report criticising the military government’s attempts to include provisions that were previously rejected by industry and civil society. The director said:
The proposed bill is draconian, even by the standards of the Burmese [Myanmar] military. The first version of the bill proposed in February 2021 was dropped after industry and civil society united to push back, but the military has been set on getting its way.
Toker argued that VPNs have been one of the ways Myanmar has stayed in touch with the rest of the world after the country’s military rulers that took power in February 2021, blocked social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
While Myanmar military rulers are likely to succeed in enacting the proposed laws The Register report quotes Toker warning that this decision is likely to backfire on the government.
“These are certain to have a chilling effect on political speech and human rights, but ultimately this is only going to turn public sentiment further against military rule.”

Tags in this story

What are your thoughts on this story? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

Image Credits: Shutterstock, Pixabay, Wiki Commons

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a direct offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or a recommendation or endorsement of any products, services, or companies. Bitcoin.com does not provide investment, tax, legal, or accounting advice. Neither the company nor the author is responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.

Read disclaimer

More Popular NewsIn Case You Missed It