Indonesia’s central bank is reportedly planning regulation to enact a complete ban on cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank, is drawing up regulation to enact a sweeping ban on all forms of cryptocurrency, their trading and their usage in transactions as payments, according to Agus Martowardojo – the governor of the central bank. According to local publication Pikiran Rakyat, the central bank official made the revelation during the central bank’s annual meeting last week, claiming the crippling regulation was required to maintain the sovereignty of the rupiah [Indonesia’s fiat currency] as the country’s legal tender.
Further, the new rules – due to come out in 2018 – will also include financial technology (FinTech) companies and startups under its purview, according to the central banker.
Martowardojo’s remarks about a future ban on cryptocurrencies comes within days of Indonesia’s financial regulator urging retail investors to stay away from the ‘lure’ of cryptocurrencies.