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South Korea Supports Blockchain Development With Tax Incentive

South Korea Supports Blockchain Development With Tax Incentive

The government of South Korea has taken an initiative to boost the development of blockchain industry in the country by adding the sector to the fields of research and development eligible for tax credit, as reported earlier this week by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.

The Ministry of Strategy and Finance had announced the proposed amendments to the enforcement decree of the 2018 tax law and that it will be in effect this February.

Accordingly, the R&D tax incentive will allow blockchain companies to benefit from a tax deductions subsidy of 30-40% and 20-30% of research and development expenses for both small enterprises, and large and medium-sized enterprises respectively. This is subject to the research and development tax relief program adopted by the country through a tax hybrid R&D credit and volume-based investment credit.

The current tax deduction rates for large corporations stands at 0-2% while that of medium scale enterprise stands at 8-15% and for small scale enterprises 25%.

South Korea continues to show a favorable inclination towards building the blockchain space and encouraging a robust and foolproof cryptocurrency business in the nation.

Recently, the government released the results of an assessment on 35 cryptocurrency exchanges based on an 85-point checklist to ensure that these exchanges have what it takes to serve the investors and traders of the Asian community. 7 out of them were given the ‘green tick’ on all 85 pointers, while those with shortcomings were asked to update their systems to the standards acceptable by the regulator.

Last September, the Korean government made efforts to support blockchain development by engaging with startups. “The meeting was part of the government’s efforts to engage with businesses in the 10 key ICT sectors of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” reports Business Korea.

As for cryptocurrency and ICO tax laws, reports have it that the country is still in the processing of formulating one that promotes growth of the whole industry.

 

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Belarus Turns up the Heat on Crypto as Business on Fire in Minsk

Belarus is alive and well in the world of cryptocurrency as high tech and crypto companies choose the former Soviet Republic as the new place to do business in the region.

The Belarus Hi-Tech park in Minsk is fast becoming a fintech center with 388 companies now registered as conducting business there. Much of the new interest in fintech in the country has been put down to Belarus President Lukashenko’s Decree №8 signed in December of 2017 called “On the Development of the Digital Economy” which has attracted new business to Belarus firmly set as its main aim.

Now that Belarus has legalized cryptocurrency trading for residents, many related businesses have been attracted to the park despite the majority of companies working in the IT and software sectors. Blockchain company Aetsoft, which provided services to ICOs and exchanges since 2014, is one of such businesses dealing with clients in the US, Germany, and Denmark. Another company, Biggico, whose international team has built an advertising platform for crypto projects, was established by Belarusian and Latvian entrepreneurs.

Other companies now operating out of Belarus, currently developing cloud-based crypto mining facilities include Pm Pool and Smartpool. Another company, Aiscom offers cryptocurrency payment solutions to exchanges, wallet providers and ICO projects.

The country has no intention of being left behind in the region. As reported by local news outlet Korea JoongAng Daily, the deputy foreign minister and ambassador of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas told reporters that the European nation is open to investment into Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies; this includes blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Belarus recently expressed interest in strengthening economic and business ties during a recent working visit to Seoul, particularity in the fields of fintech and blockchain technology. Diplomats from Belarus are keen to extend the cooperation between the two counties to promote new projects in the country.

Although the Hi-Tech park currently lacks cryptocurrency exchanges, what has been called “the first Belarusian cryptocurrency exchange” launched by crypto platform Crexby, is ironically based in New York City rather than its natural home of Minsk. The platform was started by Belarusian immigrants living in the US.

The main reason behind a lack of exchanges operating out of Belarus has been put down to the government’s lukewarm attitude toward digital currency, combined with local financial institutions’ reluctance to support cryptocurrency transactions and work with exchanges. More government clarity regarding cryptocurrency has been called for by both cryptocurrency exchanges and companies selling related products.

 

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Uzbekistan and Belarus want South Korea’s Crypto Knowledge

South Korea’s high profile status in cryptocurrency space is leading less crypto-developed nations to seek advice from them in the hope to secure valuable insight in further developing their know-how in the industry.

Both Uzbekistan and Belarus, two central European countries still in development in the space, are turning to the East for support.

Uzbekistan has recently legalized crypto trading in the country and has announced some initial regulations for both trading and mining. The new decree, “On measures to organize the activities of crypto-exchanges in Uzbekistan”, states any company providing for the purchasing of or sale of crypto assets on a platform will be recognized as a legal exchange.

The country, which is now working to create a state-owned, national coin trading platform, also wants to attract foreign exchanges, to which end authorities in the nation’s capital Tashkent have sought the support of the Korean Blockchain Business Association (KOBEA).

As part of an ongoing negotiation, the Uzbekistan Revolution 4.0 project has been formed to further develop the country’s new crypto industry, with KOBEA cooperating with Uzbekistan’s regulatory body, the National Agency for Project Management. Further plans to build a mining center and a blockchain academy and a large research complex in Tashkent are also under consideration with KOBEA on hand for technical advice.

The country is also expecting to call on South Korean cryptocurrency experts in order to begin offering specialized educational courses at universities around the country.

Belarus has no intention of behind left behind in the region. As reported by local news outlet Korea JoongAng Daily, the deputy foreign minister and ambassador of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas told reporters that the European nation is open to investment into Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies; this includes blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Belarus recently expressed interest in strengthening economic and business ties with during a recent working visit to Seoul, particularity in the fields of fintech and blockchain technology. Diplomats from Belarus are keen to extend the cooperation between the two counties to promote new projects in the country.

 

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