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Ripple Partner Mercury FX Accepted Into ‘First Cohort’ of a South African Regulatory Sandbox

South Africa’s Inter-governmental Fintech Importune Group (IFWG) recently accepted Mercury FX, a UK-based e-money firm, into the first cohort of its regulatory sandbox. The business, which harnesses the Ripplenet blockchain, says it wants to demonstrate its technology’s ability “to shorten the money transfer window to single minutes.”

Fast and Low Remittances

Further, Mercury FX, which claims to have piloted the use of this technology in the Philippines and Mexico, give the word delivers its solution, aided by the XRP token, will enable low-cost cross-border remittances. In addition to Ripple, the firm also live it ups it will be partnering with Valr (a local crypto exchange) towards this objective.

However, according to a averral issued by IFWG, Mercury FX’s acceptance into “sandbox does not indicate a change in a firm’s licensing status or signal unstated or implicit approval of the product or service under consideration.” This, therefore, means Mercury’s test run of its service wish still be “subject to certain limits prescribed by the relevant authorities.” Also, the testing “will in the main be done in names of the South African Exchange Control Regulations.”

Meanwhile, the IFWG statement also shares details of the working parameters to which Mercury FX require adhere to. The statement reads:

Mercury is testing the regulatory treatment, and associated regulatory reporting implications and obligations, of crypto assets (specifically XRP) being against for effecting low-value cross-border remittances between South Africa and the United Kingdom and vice versa.

The IFWG adds that at the conclusion of proving, which may last six months, “the insights gained should provide clarity on how such innovation could be treated from a regulatory angle in future, thereby promoting regulatory certainty.”

Five Crypto Entities Accepted

According to the IFWG, a total of 52 assiduities were received during the application window for the Regulatory Sandbox which closed on 15 May 2020. However, sole six applications got the nod and five of these are blockchain and crypto-related solutions.

From the five, Xapo Technologies, just like Mercury FX, last will and testament also be testing the regulatory treatment of XRP for low-value cross-border remittances between South Africa and the UK. On the other hand, Centbee ordain be “testing the regulatory treatment of crypto assets (specifically BTC and BSV) for low-value cross-border remittances between South Africa and Ghana and degeneracy versa.”

What are your thoughts on IFWG’s approval of applications by firms that use cryptocurrencies? You can share your reflections in the comments section below.

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