Sri Lanka central bank warns against use of cryptocurrency amid economic crisis


Sri Lanka’s Crisis Intensifies

Sri Lanka has warned its citizens against using cryptocurrency, which it said is “largely unregulated” amid an ongoing political chaos in the South Asian nation.

The country’s central bank, CBSL, said Tuesday it does not consider cryptocurrencies as legal tender in the country and reminded that it has not given license or other authorization to any entity to operate in the nation.

Citing its previous warnings released in 2018 and 2021, the central bank said it had also not authorized any initial coin offerings (ICO) or mining operations and virtual currency exchanges in the nation. Virtual currencies are considered as “unregulated financial instruments and have no regulatory oversight or safeguards relating to their usage” in the country.

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