A necessity to strike a balance

Repeatedly, proponents of disruptive technologies have proven that regulation and innovation have an immense potential to actualize a mutually beneficial existence. The often delicate relationship between innovators and regulators — which may be mired by antagonism — is fundamental to the functioning of the global economy, especially at times as challenging as we are facing now.

The fuel that keeps the fire of the important relationship between regulators and businesses alight — like any — is communication and collaboration. This could not be more apt when it comes to the innovators behind distributed ledger technology and the regulators in overseeing the space.

Ideas surrounding DLT first arose in the early 90s, however, it was not until 2009 that the first block of what we now know as blockchain was mined. In 11 short years, blockchain and DLT more generally have had tremendous success in garnering attention from the financial community and the wider public. Just this year, Big Four audit firm Deloitte’s 2020 Global Blockchain Survey found that business leaders now see blockchain as “integral to organisational innovation,” while analytics agency Gartner has forecasted that blockchain technology will have generated $3.1 trillion of value-add to companies around the world by 2030.

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The regulation necessity

While mainstream adoption of the blockchain industry is gathering pace, I believe it will not succeed without regulation; in fact, it needs it to survive and, indeed, to thrive. It is incumbent on regulators to strike a balance and allow companies operating in this industry with the space to continue operating at the cutting edge of innovation in a sensible and safe manner. Finding this balance and the future success of decentralized finance is inexorably linked. It will take a whole-of-industry approach where all stakeholders uphold a commitment of…

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