Bank Indonesia, the central bank of Indonesia, again emphasized that it will sanction those payment system operators and financial technology operators in Indonesia (both bank and non-bank institutions) that facilitate transactions using virtual currency, such as the Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Litecoin and Ripple (also known as cryptocurrencies).
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The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) will soon issue a new regulation in which it bans the use of bitcoin for domestic payments starting from 2018. Bitcoin is a (virtual) digital currency that is traded at cryptocurrency exchanges for fiat currencies. According to Bank Indonesia, however, the use of bitcoin undermines the sovereignty of the Indonesian rupiah.
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Jakarta was one of the world's top 10 crypto-capitals in 2017 according to IDACB (International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain). This means that the city has created conditions for trading, crypto-exchanges, mining and ICO. This ranking was compiled by artificial intelligence based on research of cryptocurrency events worldwide. The Indonesian government, however, remains skeptical of digital money and therefore may only agree to accept its own cryptocurrency in the future. However, the business community shows growing interest in new opportunities offered by the digital economy.
The volume of Indonesia’s digital economy will reach about USD $130 billion by 2020, which will make the country among Southeast Asia's leading nations in terms of digital development. This was stated by local authorities just a week ago. New technologies, blockchain and transformation of the IT-sector will play key roles in this process. With this context in mind, the Blockchain INDO conference in Jakarta, to be held on 11-12 May 2018 in the Kempinski Hotel in Central Jakarta, becomes even more relevant.
The central bank of Indonesia (Bank Indonesia) said it needs about two years to complete a study about the possibility of issuing a digital rupiah currency (Central Bank Digital Currency, or CBDC). Agus Martowardoyo, Governor of Bank Indonesia, said the lender of last resort has just started to study the possibility of using a digital rupiah for domestic payments.
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