A recent report from the Middle East News Agency has described
Egypt to be loosening its restrictions on cryptocurrency in contrast to a former 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, the Cryptocurrency market has expanded, while neighboring countries have begun explore it's blockchain 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.
According to the report:
"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.
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