Is Dubai stealing Singapore’s thunder in crypto?- Anndy Lian’s View

Is Dubai stealing Singapore’s thunder in crypto?- Anndy Lian’s View

A summarised version of what I said:

“The trend is obvious. Businesses are moving away” to markets like Dubai and Europe

With the exchange’s core market in Latin America, Lian says his firm has no plans to apply for a license in Singapore.

Binance had served as a litmus test for crypto firms looking to set up a base in Singapore

“Singapore is openly welcoming everybody, then openly rejecting almost everybody.” It “makes people think, ‘is Singapore not a place that I can set up? Is Singapore not a place for me to house myself’?”

While smaller crypto projects and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) from Vietnam and Thailand still find Singapore an attractive location, more than half of “large exchanges” operating in Singapore no longer think that the city-state is a viable location for their Asia headquarters.

Binance’s departure simply hastened the exits of other crypto companies out of the city-state, which began six months ago.

Dubai’s openness has drawn a flood of crypto-natives to the city

Singapore’s success in the international markets and its ever-ready finance infrastructure is also known in the global markets. I want Singapore to maintain its lead in the crypto space too. As a Singaporean, I hope to see Singapore grow into that crypto hub for Asia.

Perhaps that is the “kiasu” mindset in me :>

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”. Currently, he is appointed as Chairman, Asia for BigONE Exchange and Chief Digital Advisor, Mongolia Productivity Organisation. Anndy is part of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Blockchain Special Committee, Government of Republic Korea, together with industry experts such as Brock Pierce. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region and was previously the Advisory Board Member of Hyundai DAC Technology.

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An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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