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Southeast Asia Bolsters Groundwork Towards Blockchain and Crypto Hub

Southeast Asia’s march towards a global tech hub is evident in the foundation laid on crypto and blockchain. The UNOPND marketing director, Nathan Kim, reflected on the region’s ambitious objective, noting the strides made in the region’s crypto and blockchain industries. 

Kim observes that the blockchain and crypto industries have attained critical headway into functional sectors globally. In particular, Southeast Asia is leading other regions in welcoming financial and tech advancements as the region’s eyes stab into a global hub. 

Kim observes that the Southeast region had an adequate presence within the Chainalysis global crypto adoption index 2023. Vietnam led Thailand and the Philippines closer to realising the crypto revolution. 

Kim notes that five South and Southeast Asian countries featured among the top leading destinations in crypto adoption. The UNOPND director spearheading the Southeast Asia Blockchain Week hails the region’s prominence and friendliness towards the crypto industry.

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Countries Leading Groundwork Towards Blockchain Hub

Thailand is at the pole of blockchain adoption and supporting blockchain-oriented initiatives. Kim illustrated the country’s commitment towards innovation and made it a critical player in the Southeast Asia blockchain space. 

Singapore is underscoring its global leadership in the Web3 scene. Kim observes that last year, the Singapore central bankport for the fintech solutions tied to the emerging Web3 technologies the previous year.

Singapore has witnessed multiple crypto platforms led by Circle, Coinbase, Blockchain.com, and Crypto.com seeking approval to operate in the country. 

In June last year, Japanese and Singaporean regulators formulated joint regulations and pilot test crypto projects. The alliance would align with Singapore’s Project Guardian initiative. 

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Nevertheless, Kim laments that the countries still suffer fragmentation in the regulatory approach to the sector. The regulation diversity underscores the inherent shortcomings in the region’s journey towards adopting Web3 technologies. 

Kim is optimistic that the countries leading Southeast Asia’s maturity in Web3 adoption will create synergy for the entire region. Its achievement necessitates a collaborative spirit as the country seeks to optimise Web3 adoption benefits. 

Web2 Facilitating Web3 Adoption

Kim hailed the significant input from the legacy Web2 giants whose presence is accelerating Web3 adoption manifesting in Web3-gaming crossroads. The UNOPND director observes that major Web2 entities are substantially involved in the expanding Web3 landscape, specifically in the gaming space, which is a perfect getaway. 

Kim observed that the regional Web2 giants led by Sony, Rio Asia and Square Enix Web2 are actively championing and nurturing the region’s Web3 gaming initiatives. Sony filed a patent targeting nonfungible token (NFT) transfers involving games and consoles to underscore the commitment to integrate blockchain into the gaming experience. 

Square Enix is pursuing Web3 using the Symbiogenesis profiled as the gamified collectable experience. Kim termed the strategic initiatives pursued by the Web2 companies as collectively yielding a crypto-friendly ecosystem across Southeast Asia. 

Economic Empowerment and Proactive Regulations 

The pursuit of new frontiers within the fintech space is thwarted by insufficient access, which 70% of Southeast Asia adults confront. Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) suffer significant funding gaps. 

Kim illustrated that crypto will facilitate bridging such gaps within Southeast Asia and fostering economic empowerment groups to usher in an era of comprehensive financial accessibility. 

Kim demonstrated that most Southeast Asian countries acknowledge the potential and likely crypto benefits for their populations. The marketing director explains that such awareness manifests in the frameworks that foster innovation and guarantee consumer protection. 

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Kim warns that the innovative technology also facilitates the uptick in illicit activity within the region. He reflects on the emergence of the ‘gray’ casino industry as disclosed in the United Nations report, where Southeast Asia actors leverage crypto and the latest technologies. 

Southeast Asia Advances in AI Dominance

Southeast Asia countries are pursuing artificial intelligence (AI) success to develop tech that suits the local communities’ needs. Kim observes that the region seeks synergy between blockchain, crypto and AI as it harbours immense potential as it advances into the tech hub. 

Kim believes integrating AI technologies will propel Southeast Asia towards improved innovation and efficiency. Such will accelerate its rise to a critical player within the global tech-driven economy. 

Kim supports the US-ASEAN Business Council report that AI has the potential to generate a $1 trillion inflow into Southeast Asia’s GDP by 2030. He considers that Indonesia has critical input as one of the leading economies in the region.  


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Stephen Causby

Stephen Causby is an experienced crypto journalist who writes for Tokenhell. He is passionate for coverage in crypto news, blockchain, DeFi, and NFT.

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