Abu Dhabi will launch a blockchain and virtual asset strategy

The Abu Dhabi Blockchain and Virtual Assets Committee (ADBVAC) held its first meeting, under the chairmanship of Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and Chairman Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), to discuss strategy for blockchain and virtual assets, which is aligned with the Emirates economic strategy.

The committee emphasised the importance of regulating blockchain and virtual asset activities to comply with Anti Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) international and local rules and regulations and to make an ecosystem that is safe, sound, and transparent, which will help build trust and attract more companies to Abu Dhabi.

The committee has been established to improve Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness in the blockchain and virtual asset space, coordinate efforts of entities active in the industry, liaison with regulators, and promote compliance of industry participants with global standards and regulatory requirements, particularly AML/CFT regulations, and support exchange of information and best practices.

Addressing the first meeting, Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa said, “The formation of Abu Dhabi’s Blockchain and Virtual Assets Committee reflects our leadership farsighted vision and approach, which enabled Abu Dhabi to nurture a supportive business environment, unparalleled connectivity and infrastructure and an entrepreneurial mindset that presents investors with growth opportunities.

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