20+ South Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Voluntarily Undergo Evaluations

Over twenty cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea have agreed to undergo evaluations, including the country’s top four exchanges: Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit. This is part of their self-regulatory efforts, in conjunction with the Korean Blockchain Association.

21 Exchanges Participating So Far

The Korean Blockchain Association, an industry group formally launched in January with 66 members, is primarily focused on self-regulation. The association, “composed of 33 virtual currency exchanges, said 21 of its members, including major players Upbit, Bithumb, Korbit, and Coinone, will undergo evaluations,” Yonhap reported on Wednesday.

According to local media, crypto exchanges that have confirmed their participation in self-evaluation include Glosfer, Nexcoin, Zeniex, Kairex, Kcx Exchange, Komid, Coinway, Coinzest, Plutus DS, Dexko, Gopax, Okcoin Korea, and Huobi Korea.

The main purpose of the evaluations is to determine if members have complied with a set of self-regulatory measures that the group has set.

An official of the association was quoted by Asia Economy saying, “I respect member companies’ willingness to create a secure cryptocurrency market…We will make efforts to ensure strict and fair self-regulatory review.” Kim Hwa-joon, vice chairman of the association, was quoted by Zdnet detailing:

It will include capital standards, security standards, principles on listing procedures, disclosure of information, etc, and I expect investors to believe that they [exchanges] are more stable if they have passed the examination.

According to data collected by the Korean government, sales by local cryptocurrency exchange operators soared approximately 88-fold in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Self-Regulatory Efforts Challenged

The association first announced self-regulation in December when the government introduced a set of cryptocurrency measures to curb speculation in the crypto market. It “also established a set of specific ethical codes for the virtual currency bourses, including strict rules on insider trading and market manipulation,” Yonhap noted…

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