Members of Parliament warn Ghanaians against trading in cryptocurrency

Ghana’s Members of Parliament (MP) has cautioned Ghanaians against investing in cryptocurrency as it is currently illegal to trade in such in Ghana.

Bitcoin is fast becoming the more prominent online currency.

In a statement on the floor of the House on Wednesday, the Member of Parliament for Juaben Ama Pomaa Boateng called the government must critically look at the emerging trend to protect Ghanaians investment.

She added that millions of people across the globe are losing billions of dollars through cryptocurrency transactions thus the need for immediate executive attention.

She was of the view that with the right regulatory framework Ghana’s economy will benefit immensely from the digital currency world saying it has the potential “to change the way we bank, make transactions and view money.”

“Mr Speaker, in today’s digital economy, there’s an urgent need for members of this House to expand our knowledge and pioneer legislation that recognises the blockchain technology and virtual currencies,” she said.

“The government also has to in the absence of legislation set up a register and possibly an exchange platform for the service providers of cryptocurrency to enable the government to oversee these virtual activities and create a stable regulatory environment where cryptocurrency can thrive,” she added.

The Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi also said the government must resource the Bank of Ghana to conduct research and training to regulate the transactions.

“This is a very technical and a new platform, a new phenomenon that most people do not know of. In fact, if count the Members of Parliament who know cryptocurrency you can get only a few.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Mark Assibey Yeboah who said the transaction in the country was illegal urged Ghanaians to stay away from investing in cryptocurrency business since the BoG is currently struggling to regulate such transactions.

He said “this bit of lack of central control is what all countries are grappling with. So, if we legislate in Ghana that people can trade crypto, Mr Speaker this is a network of file sharing. Let’s say, Ama transfers money to me then it broadcast in the network which will take some time to filter through then everybody notes that transaction that this transfer has been effected from Ama to myself.

“Mr Speaker, this is not like a cheque that is being cleared by the central bank. So, if you have money it is digital money and people are trading in this, you are building an asset it can crumble one day. So there’s no legislation governing the trading of crypto in Ghana, it is illegal and you can lose your money.”

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