India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has unveiled its framework for a fintech regulatory sandbox. While blockchain and smart contracts are welcomed, the bank stated that cryptocurrency and related services “may not be accepted for testing.”
RBI Welcomes Blockchain Tech
The RBI published its draft framework for a fintech regulatory sandbox Thursday. The central bank explained that one of the recommendations the inter-regulatory fintech working group, which it set up in July 2016, came up with is to introduce a framework for a regulatory sandbox (RS). The RBI clarified that this framework includes “a well-defined space and duration where the financial sector regulator will provide the requisite regulatory guidance, so as to increase efficiency, manage risks and create new opportunities for consumers.”
The central bank proceeded to provide a list of innovative products, services, and technology which could be considered for testing. In addition to money transfer services, digital KYC, digital identification services, AI and machine learning applications, the list includes smart contracts and “applications under blockchain technologies.”
The working group included representatives from the RBI, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, the National Payments Corporation of India, the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, select banks and rating agencies.
Crypto Excluded From Sandbox
While noting that some entities may not be suitable for the sandbox “if the proposed financial service is similar to those that are already being offered in India,” the RBI noted an exception. Applicants that “can show that either a different technology is being gainfully applied or the same technology is being…