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Friday, July 10, 2020
Tags: virtual currencies
Shaping a legal framework for cryptoassets in Vietnam Shaping a legal framework for cryptoassets in Vietnam
For the time being, there has been no unified definition of “cryptoasset” or “digital asset” or “virtual asset” in the world. According to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog, “a virtual asset is a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded, or transferred, and can be used for payment or investment purposes.”[1] Canada’s model legislation regarding digital assets, the Uniform Access to Digital Assets by Fiduciaries Act, defines “a digital asset” as “a record that is created, recorded, transmitted or stored in digital or other intangible form by electronic, magnetic or optical means or by any other similar means.”[2] Cryptocurrency (or virtual currency) is a form of cryptoassets (or virtual assets). There is also no unified definition of this term in the world.
Legality of cryptocurrencies in Vietnam remains unclear Legality of cryptocurrencies in Vietnam remains unclear
Bitcoin and other similar virtual currencies like ethereum, ripple and litecoin have become a hot topic among investors. But let’s set aside the worries and excitement and ask a question: are cryptocurrencies lawful in Vietnam?
New regulations on e-money virtual currencies to be drafted New regulations on e-money, virtual currencies to be drafted
The Ministry of Justice is building a draft scheme on improving the legal framework for management and handling of virtual property, e-money and virtual currencies to be presented to the Government.
Digital currencies not recognized as legal tender in Vietnam Digital currencies not recognized as legal tender in Vietnam
Bitcoins and other virtual currency units are not legal currencies and cannot be used as lawful payment instruments in Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) officially stated on February 27. It also outlawed all bitcoin transactions in the country.

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