The Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Wednesday said the approval toward a license will eventually allow it to offer a range of payment services in the city-state.

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Fast facts

  • has received an in-principle approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for its Major Payment Institution License, the firm said in a press release on Wednesday.
  • If the license is granted, will be able to offer payment services under the Payment Services Act, including Digital Payment Token (DPT) services to customers in Singapore.
  • The approval comes as Bybit received an in-principle approval to conduct crypto business in the UAE with FTX and Binance acquiring crypto licenses in Dubai.
  • received provisional approval of its Virtual Asset MVP License from the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) and plans to launch its cryptocurrency exchange service in Dubai. 
  • In April, MAS managing director Ravi Menon said the city’s licensing process is stringent as it wants to be seen as a “responsible global crypto hub.”

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