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Indonesia to Update Govt Rules for Crypto, Implement More local Control

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Indonesia could see new rules for crypto asset exchanges. The South Asian country's trade ministry is planning to issue new rules to govern crypto exchanges that will require two-thirds of the board of directors and commissioners to be Indonesian citizens and live in Indonesia, a deputy minister said Tuesday.

This change has come about due to the financial issues faced by cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex as it has currently stopped users from withdrawing funds. «We don't want to give permits (to exchanges) carelessly, so only for those that meet the requirements and are credible,» deputy trade minister Jerry Sambuaga told reporters after a parliamentary hearing.

Sambuaga added that the ministry's Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency (Bappebti) will issue the new rule soon. However, a timeframe has not been provided.

According to a document issued by the ministry, the new rule will require will also require an exchange to use a third party to store client funds and prohibit exchanges from re-investing stored crypto assets.

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