“Malta’s advantageous geographical location, being within three hours direct flight from other European financial centres was partly the reason behind Exante’s choice to move to Malta. With an accessible, respected, and forward-looking regulator, we believe that the Island’s stable political arena was a perfect choice. Malta’s banking sector, composed of a combination of solid and reliable Maltese banks and major international banks, played a role in addition to the forward-thinking ability of our government in the blockchain and crypto space”.
While the decentralisation movement largely began in the West, it has certainly made its way East, as jurisdictions in the region have come to shape global conversations and developments across the wider industry. One of the primary reasons the Asia-Pacific region looks poised to be a trailblazer in blockchain is its consumer market. Not only is it big – the size of Asia’s middle class is expected to reach 3.5 billion by 2030 – but it is especially eager to embrace new technologies. The region’s enthusiasm for cutting-edge technologies can be attributed to its uniquely young, technology-curious population. But as of now, Malta is enjoying its moment under the Mediterranean sun as the world’s first ‘blockchain Island’.
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