$2.5T crypto market will not wait for nations to onboard: WazirX CEO

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$2.5T crypto market will not wait for nations to onboard: WazirX CEO

“The question for every nation is, do they want to participate and get a share of this pie,” says WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty.

Nischal Shetty, an Indian entrepreneur and CEO of crypto exchange WazirX, envisions a race between countries to launch their local versions of central bank digital currencies in the coming year. 

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Shetty said that the year 2022 would be an extension of the ongoing discussions around crypto regulations, exchange-traded funds (ETF) and the emergence of the metaverse:

Discussions around crypto were prevalent in India this year as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited the need for crypto regulations. In addition, the winter season of the Indian Parliament introduced a crypto bill that sought a ban on “private” cryptocurrencies. 

“The question for every nation is: Do they want to participate and get a share of this pie?” asked Shetty. He also predicted that global participation in crypto would go from 150 million to 400 million people if the coming year follows a similar growth trajectory of 2021.

Shetty highlighted that the nonfungible token (NFT) buying spree might slow down in 2022 as investors attempt reselling through secondary markets, adding:

“Web3 will open the gates to innovation and more startups in India. Along with the rise in NFTs, it will play a huge role in promoting the creator economy of India.”

Crypto exchange WazirX led numerous marketing efforts to educate Indian investors about cryptocurrencies and launch transparency reports and policies to add credibility to the ecosystem. Shetty believes that spreading the right information and busting misinformation will expedite crypto adoption in India, concluding:

“Cointelegraph is doing a phenomenal job at spreading education and awareness around crypto among the masses. I wish all the readers a very happy, crypto-full new year ahead!”

Local reports from early December suggested that the Indian government would regulate the crypto sector instead of imposing an outright ban.

According to Indian news outlet NDTV, a cabinet note regarding the proposed crypto bill contained suggestions to regulate cryptocurrencies as crypto assets, with the Securities and Exchange Board of India overseeing the regulation of local crypto exchanges.

However, NDTV reporter Sunil Prabhu said that the government of India will not consider mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies as legal tender:

“[Cryptocurrency] as a legal tender will not be accepted. That is a clear no. I think that that is what even the prime minister in his deliberations at that meeting made absolutely clear to ensure that does not take place.”

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