The Philippines government has announced plans to issue Crypto licenses in its Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). CEZA administrator has revealed that more offshore firms have shown an interest in the licensing surpassing the authority’s expectations. Confirmed reports claim that 17 companies have already paid the required amount while another 19 are on the waiting. The current trend is an indicator that there are just so many people interested in joining the Crypto market.
17 Companies Have Paid For The Crypto License
In a previous announcement, CEZA said that it was planning to give 25 Financial Technology Solutions and Offshore Virtual Currency (FTSOVC) licenses. Bitpinas, a news outlet in the country says that the businesses that get the license will be allowed to open a blockchain, Crypto, and financial tech office at CEZA.
Philippines News Agency quoted Raul Lambino saying that 17 fintech and foreign Crypto businesses have already paid for both the application and the license fees in full. The administrator and CEO of the zone also added that another 19 companies have already indicated that they are ready to pay the FTSOVC application and license fees.
Lambino told Daily inquiry that CEZA gave the first license in June to Golden Millenial Quickplay Inc., a Hong Kong-based firm. The second license was issued last week to Asparas Group’s subsidiary, the Liannet Technology Ltd. Since then, more firms have paid the fees. They include Rare Earth, Tanzer Inc., Hong Kong Yuen Shing-Hong Ltd., Asia-Pacific International Ltd., and Formosa Financial Holdings.
CEZA To See An Increase In Revenue In The License Fees From Crypto
The new licensing plan is expected to boost CEZA revenues. On Friday, Lambino revealed that FTSOVC application and license fees collected so far exceed the 2017 income by over 50 percent. The CEO has also said that the number of foreign companies that have so far shown an interest in the project surpassed their expectations.
Lambino has noted that the fintech operations will have a positive impact on the economy of the Philippines. The project is expected to create about 20,000 jobs initially. So far, CEZA has pocketed over P200 million [~$3.7 million] from foreign technology firms. This will help in increasing the zone’s total revenue to at least P340 million [~$6.4 million] in the second quarter. The zone is projected to earn around PHP3.6 billion (~US$68 million) from the new licensing project. Furthermore, the zone will earn 0.1 percent for every transaction by the registered exchanges.
Why The Licensing Move Is Important To The Crypto Market
Despite the increasing popularity of Cryptocurrencies, there has been the issue of acceptability as most players are not licensed. The decision by the Philippines government to allow businesses to register in its economic zone is good news for Crypto firms and the market at large as the licensing will enhance their acceptability. The move is also a sign that many regions have accepted the Cryptocurrencies as assets. Either way, the licensing will help in enhancing the popularity of Cryptocurrencies and boost their use globally.