Egypt Lifts Ban, Will Allow Licensed Cryptocurrency Companies

Egypt is considering legislation that would let the central bank issue licenses for cryptocurrency-related activities.

May 29, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. UTC

Egypt appears to be loosening its restrictions on cryptocurrency.

A source speaking to the Middle East News Agency described a proposed bill to ban the creation, trading, or promotion of cryptocurrencies without a license. Previously Egypt banned all cryptocurrency under Islamic law.

Shawki Allam, the current Grand Mufti of Egypt, issued that ban in early 2018, stating the technology could undermine the legal system via tax evasion, money laundering, and other fraudulent activities. The Grand Mufti was also concerned with crypto's volatility and scams.

However, as the market has expanded and neighboring countries have begun exploring the technology, the government is softening its stance.

The bill, according to the Egypt Independent, would give the board of directors of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) the right to regulate cryptocurrencies and require, multiple potentially expensive licenses to do business.

The report reads:

The new law provides legal authority for the electronic authentication of bank transactions, electronic payment orders, and transfer orders as well as for the electronic settlement of checks and the issuance and circulation of electronic checks and electronic discount orders, provided that Board of Directors of CBE issue rules and procedures regulating all the aforementioned actions.

Egypt has discussed cryptocurrency legalization for years before this move. The draft bill isn't yet available for public reading.

Image via Shutterstock

The Festival for the Decentralized World
Thursday - Sunday, June 9-12, 2022
Austin, Texas
Save a Seat Now

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Trending

1
CoinDesk - Unknown
Bitcoin registra ocho semanas de pérdidas, pero el indicador de sentimiento sugiere un alza

Los indicadores de sentimiento tocaron fondo el lunes.

Los indicadores de sentimiento tocaron fondo el lunes.

CoinDesk - Unknown
3
CoinDesk - Unknown
Crypto News Roundup for May 24, 2022

With bitcoin and ether trading down as Tron’s TRX trades in the green, plus a look at what to expect in crypto with rising interest rates, CoinDesk’s "Markets Daily" is back with the latest news roundup.

With bitcoin and ether trading down as Tron’s TRX trades in the green, plus a look at what to expect in crypto with rising interest rates, CoinDesk’s "Markets Daily" is back with the latest news roundup.

CoinDesk - Unknown
4
CoinDesk - Unknown
Miladys NFT Prices Tumble After Creator Doxxes Self as Person Behind Controversial 'Miya'

The collection amassed huge popularity in crypto circles but its creator has now acknowledged being the person behind a pseudonymous account allegedly linked to an online cult.

The collection amassed huge popularity in crypto circles but its creator has now acknowledged being the person behind a pseudonymous account allegedly linked to an online cult.

CoinDesk - Unknown