Indonesia launches national cryptocurrency exchange amid 69% drop in transaction volume
Cryptocurrency transaction volume in Indonesia declined 69% during the first half of the year.
The country also announced that its futures clearing house has been operational since July 17.
Per the press statement, PT Bursa Komoditi Nusantara got the approval for a crypto asset Futures Exchange, while PT Kliring Berjangka Indonesia will clear transactions on this platform. The authorities approved PT Tennet Depository Indonesia as the crypto asset storage manager.
Didid Noordiatmoko, the head of Bappebti, said that these platforms’ establishment was evidence of the government’s efforts to create a fair crypto ecosystem.
“The establishment of exchanges, clearing houses, and managers of crypto asset storage is proof that the government is present in an effort to create a fair and fair crypto asset trading ecosystem to guarantee legal certainty and prioritize protection for the public as customers.”
The government official stated that these platforms would contribute to the economy through state revenues, adding that the agency requires the collaboration of other federal agencies like the Financial Services Authority (OJK), the central bank, and the Ministry of Finance to ensure their smooth running.
Indonesia’s crypto transaction volume declined by 69%
Meanwhile, the authorities revealed that cryptocurrency transaction volume in the Asian country fell 68.65% during the first half of the year to 66.44 trillion rupiahs ($4.42 billion), with Indonesians heavily trading Tether (USDT), Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), and Binance Coin (BNB).
Noordiatmoko attributed the decline to the global state of the cryptocurrency industry and highlighted how the market’s low liquidity situation has negatively impacted price stability and market efficiency.
According to him, the industry was still dealing with inadequate regulations, and the effect of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy increased the hike of interest rates.
However, Noordiatmoko looked to big technological firms like Meta, Google, and Twitter, commenting they were beginning to integrate blockchain technology into their operations, suggesting that this proves the crypto industry’s future was still promising.