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International Monetary Fund Calls For Increased Regulation of African Crypto Markets, Says ‘Risks From Crypto Assets are Evident’

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on African countries to opt for more crypto regulations citing the recent collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

In a November 22 blog, the financial agency, which works to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for all of its 190 member countries, asked for more regulations of Africa’s crypto markets, one of the fastest-growing markets in the world.

The IMF said the collapse of FTX, once the third-largest cryptocurrency in the world, and the subsequent plunge in cryptocurrency prices, is “prompting renewed calls for greater consumer protection and regulation of the crypto industry.”"Regulating a highly volatile and decentralized system remains a challenge for most governments, requiring a balance between minimizing risk and maximizing innovation," the post reads.

According to the IMF, only one-quarter of sub-Saharan African countries have regulated crypto, while two-thirds have implemented some restrictions.

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