The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) organized tours to other countries for its officials to study cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO), according to its 2017–18 annual report.
The Indian regulator reports that authorities have already undertaken “study tours” in particular to study cryptocurrency and ICOs at Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA), the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).
The overseas study trips reportedly took place to help officials “engage with the international regulators and gain deeper understanding of the systems and mechanisms,” the document states.
The report is not the first time that Indian authorities have expressed their interest in the way other countries approach cryptocurrency. For instance, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also published its annual report 2017–18 in which the authority draws attention to different types of crypto regulation worldwide, focusing on Japan and South Korea in particular.
As Cointelegraph reported August 30, citing the annual report, RBI is currently considering the feasibility of issuing a rupee-backed central bank digital currency.
The SEBI report comes against a background of a controversial RBI decision that came into effectJuly 5 and implies a ban on banks’ dealings with crypto-related businesses and persons.
The Indian Supreme Court had upheld RBI’s restriction until the July hearing, which was later postponed till September 11. The court also ruled not to grant interim relief to those affected by the ban.