Binance and Malta Stock Exchange to launch security tokens trading platform

Finance minister Edward Scicluna said that blockchain technology was revolutionary and clearly going to change the world

The new trading platform will  build on Binance's business model and global reach
The new trading platform will build on Binance's business model and global reach

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance this morning signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malta Stock Exchange to launch a new digital exchange for security token trading. 

The agreement was signed by Malta Stock Exchange chairman Joe Portelli and Binance chief financial officer Wei Zhou.

The new trading platform will leverage the stock exchange's 26-year track record of operating as a regulated stock exchange, with the associated regulatory compliance, while building on Binance's business model and global reach. 

Addressing a press conference after the signing of the agreement, Scicluna described the technology as revolutionary and one that would change the world. He said Malta won't let any opportunity pass it by, insisting that it would have been "crazy" not to establish itself in this area.

Like many other new technologies, blockchain and cryptocurrencies are not without their risks, Scicluna acknowledged.

The agreement was signed by Malta Stock Exchange chairman Joe Portelli and Binance chief financial officer Wei Zhou
The agreement was signed by Malta Stock Exchange chairman Joe Portelli and Binance chief financial officer Wei Zhou

"This is not an excuse to let it go by and be taken up by others," the minister said, stressing that Malta was taking the "prudent route".

Scicluna said that MSX PLC, the fintech and digital asset subsidiary of the Malta Stock Exchange, had been set up specifically for such ventures.

He said that "this type of service" fit well with a small open economy like Malta.

Scicluna also stressed the need for transparency and effective measures to combat money laundering, as well as respecting consumer rights, explaining that the difference between Malta and other jurisdictions was that Malta had recognised that a new technology needs new regulations. 

Turning to Malta's new digital ledger technologies legislation, Scicluna said that some of the best legal brains had commended Malta's approach in dealing with the new sector.

The minister said he hoped that Malta would have the same success it had with the gaming sector following the establishment of the Malta Gaming Authority.

Portelli said the government had shown itself to he a trailblazer in the blockchain space, adding that "whether you like it or not, the technology is here to stay".

"We look forward to seeing this exciting new market opportunity develop admonish the boundaries of the Maltese financial sector," he said.

Portelli insisted that security token exchanges would become ubiquitous the world over in a few years.

On his part Zhou thanked the Maltese government and the Malta Stock Exchange for the possibility to work on a "revolutionary project".

He said that Binamce wanted to offer people freedom with their money and investments.

Zhou said the company was very happy with the reception it received in Malta and the regulations put in place in order for the blockchain ecosystem to flourish.

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