Calls have been issued in Armenia for the central bank to do its job and get the country’s crypto space in order. Both government regulators and representatives of the financial sector insist that the industry needs regulation to prevent the use of cryptocurrencies for illicit purposes.
Bankers and Tax Officials in Armenia Call for Crypto Regulations
The State Revenue Committee (SRC), a regulatory body responsible for tax and customs services in Armenia, has turned to the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA), urging the monetary authority to ensure that the country’s crypto market is regulated. Speaking in the Armenian parliament, the head of the agency, Rustam Badasyan, elaborated:
Without regulating this area, we allow suspicious transactions to take place and there have been examples of both tax evasion and money laundering using cryptocurrencies.
The SRC official made the statement during parliamentary hearings devoted to the execution of last year’s state budget, financial and banking news portal Armbanks.am reported on Wednesday. The committee works closely with the CBA and oversees the Customs Service and the Tax Service of the small South Caucasus nation.
Badasyan also noted that authorities are now unable to take any action regarding digital asset transactions. He pointed to a case related to the exchange of a large amount of fiat money for cryptocurrencies, in which an investigation did not yield any results due to the lack of a legal framework for this sphere.
His comments follow an earlier statement by the Executive Director of the Union of Banks of Armenia, Seyran Sargsyan, who said that there is a need to address issues associated with the identification of cryptocurrency users and the transparency of cryptocurrency transactions. The banker emphasized that financial institutions in Armenia do not work with digital currencies and do not provide related services.
In March 2021, Armenia and the other members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) failed to agree on a common approach to adopting rules for the crypto economy in their jurisdictions, crypto news outlet Forklog noted in a report. The calls for regulation of cryptocurrencies in Armenia come as ongoing discussions on the issue in Russia are delaying its regulatory framework.
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