Vietnam is reportedly set to soon have a fully-authorized cryptocurrency exchange, as two firms in the country have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the production of a crypto trading platform, after obtaining a license for it.
According to a recently published press release, the largest distribution company in Vietnam, the Linh Thanh Group, is going to develop the trading platform along with Switzerland-based blockchain firm KRONN Ventures AG.
The move comes after KRONN Ventures formed a consortium with financial committees from various Asian countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Its goal was to “build an international wiring system using blockchain technology that fits with the Asian environment.”
The document notes that an official statement from the Linh Thanh Group has stated that working with KRONN Ventures will see both create “world-class cryptocurrency exchange,” as the latter is “known widely as a leader in blockchain technology in Switzerland.”
The industry expectation is that by combining Linh Thanh Group's massive distribution network, which is the largest in Vietnam, with the world-class technology of KRONN Ventures, the impact will be widely felt not only in Vietnam but also in other surrounding Asian countries.
Notably, the Vietnamese government has last year seized the domain of the country’s oldest bitcoin exchange, after it was accused of providing e-commerce services without registering with the government.
The country’s Ministry of Justice has, back in November, suggested several ways cryptoasset could be regulated in the country. At the time Nguyen Thanh Tu, the director of the nation’s Department of Civil and Economic Laws, said authorities carefully examined the pros and cons of regulating cryptocurrencies.
This, even though the government has been looking to ban bitcoin mining machine imports. The move was, at the time, being justified by the potential use of cryptocurrencies in illicit activities.