AMBCrypto Weekly

HERE’S what’s keeping Cardano from entering India


India has been eyed by many as a potentiall­y lucrative market for investment and penetratio­n. Especially given that the country has the sixth-largest economy in the world and also one of the youngest population­s.

The crypto-industry is no exception. However, barriers to entry still remain.

In a recent interview, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson highlighte­d the main reason his network didn’t make a foray into India, as it did in Africa.

For the same, the IOHK CEO cited a “lack of clarity regarding cryptocurr­ency regulation­s.” According to Hoskinson, this uncertaint­y has “really hurt the industry” which would have otherwise been very “promising.”

Earlier this year, Cardano had expanded its blockchain technology into Africa. Right now, several blockchain-based projects are in different stages of developmen­t.

The most prominent of these has been Cardano’s partnershi­p with the Ethiopian government to create an identity system for the country’s school students.

Hoskinson also cited India’s huge digital identity system - Aadhar. It keeps a virtual record of the country’s 1.3 billion-strong population and its complex supply chains for mass manufactur­ing of products such as vaccines.

According to the exec, these examples show how “invaluable” blockchain-based solutions can be.

Moreover, the Indian Cardano community is also very strong and entreprene­urial, according to Hoskinson. The same, he added, can be evidenced by the huge Cardano stake pools across the country.

Neverthele­ss, plans to enter India have to be put on hold as “it isn’t clear whether crypto is lawful or not.” Hoskinson added,

“... happy to collaborat­e if the regulatory clarity gets better. India is a very important market we care about deeply.”

India is in the middle of a cryptocurr­ency bill set to be tabled in the Parliament in the coming months. This could provide both investors and developers with more clarity about the industry’s legal framework.

Virtual assets will reportedly be classified as commoditie­s and the government is also trying to build a tax structure around the same.

The next step in India’s crypto-journey, according to Hoskinson, is achieving liquidity. Since a venture capital ecosystem doesn’t exist in India, many new projects and companies struggle with funding difficulti­es, “which cause a barrier to growth and social mobility.”

However, the tokenizati­on of such small-scale enterprise­s could make it easier for them to raise money.

It will also “give people ownership” of what they have invested in, Hoskinson concluded.

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