Binance launches regulated platform in Kazakhstan amid troubles in the West

Global cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced the launch of a regulated digital asset platform in Kazakhstan amid growing regulatory troubles in the West. The launch of the new platform was announced at a press event on June 20, 2023, in the presence of representatives of Kazakhstan’s banking industry and Binance Kazakhstan’s leadership. 

The cryptocurrency exchange obtained an in-principle approval to operate in Kazakhstan in August and a permanent license to offer a digital asset platform and provide custodial services at the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) in the country from the AIFC Financial Services Authority in October last year.

The new platform will offer a slew of crypto and fiat-focused services for Kazakhstani users, including exchange and conversion services, deposit and withdrawal of fiat, and custody of crypto assets. 

The banking services will be offered by Kazakhstan’s Freedom Finance Bank bank, which will allow the new digital asset exchange users to transfer fiat funds to their accounts on the platform. There are two fiat channels available to deposit and withdraw at present namely bank cards and bank transfers via Freedom Finance Bank.

Binance Kazakhstan general manager – Zhaslan Madiyev told Cointelegraph that their progress in Kazakhstan goes beyond the digital asset platform and added:

“Today we launched a local crypto exchange Binance in Kazakhstan integrated with the bank channel. This is the first such project in the region. Binance Kazakhstan is going to adopt Binance’s best practice for their further deployment on a regional scale. In particular, we intend to develop the human capital of the country and the industry, so that future specialists and experts in blockchain can create their own projects and products for the further development of the entire industry and its gradual introduction into the daily lives of citizens” 

The latest move for the leading crypto exchange by trading volume comes amid growing regulatory troubles in the United States and several European countries. Binance is currently embroiled in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit and a lawsuit from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.