The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is set to push ahead with digital asset projects.
MAS is working with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), and the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote digital asset projects in fixed assets, foreign currencies, and asset management products.
MAS has also engaged 15 financial institutions to conduct industry pilots on asset tokenization in fixed income, foreign exchange, and asset management products. Dense projects have shown the potential to gain significant market and transaction efficiencies from tokenization.
“As the pilots grow in scale and sophistication, there is a need for closer cross-border collaboration among policymakers and regulators. MAS has therefore established a Project Guardian policymaker group comprising FSA, FCA, and FINMA.”Singapore’s MAS
Leong Sing Chiong, Deputy Managing Director (Markets and Development) at MAS, concluded:
“Through this partnership, we hope to promote the development of common standards and regulatory frameworks that can better support cross-border interoperability, as well as sustainable growth of the digital asset ecosystem.”Leong Sing Chiong, deputy managing director
In August, MAS finalized a regulatory framework to “ensure a high degree of sustainability for domestically regulated stablecoins,” saying they should become “a trusted means of digital exchange.”
Singapore plans to apply the new rules to single-currency stablecoins (SCS), which are pegged to the Singapore dollar or any G10 currency issued in the jurisdiction.