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Central Bank of Barbados to Regulate FinTech
July 15, 2019
Bridgetown, BARBADOS – On July 5, 2019, Bitt Digital Inc. became the first company to complete and exit the Regulatory Sandbox guided by the Central Bank of Barbados and the Financial Services Commission. The Sandbox provided Bitt with the opportunity to test its blockchain-based financial technology (fintech) products, services, and business models in a controlled environment while protecting consumers, stakeholders and the financial system from undue risk.
According to the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes, “On behalf of the panel, I can confirm that the Regulatory Review Panel (RRP) considers the type of business activity trialled by Bitt to be a candidate for regulation under legislation that is currently being drafted,” he stated in an official correspondence to Bitt. “The RRP now deems the testing period to be complete.”
This was the conclusion following a thorough review of Bitt’s operations during the 8-month long Regulatory Sandbox Framework.
Responding to the announcement, CEO of Bitt, Rawdon Adams mentioned: “It is absolutely necessary that all financial services companies work with regulators and grant them full oversight of their operations. Technology is the ideal partner for the financial services sector to take on to boost productivity – and with it economic growth. The results of this Sandbox will provide great comfort to our potential partners and to consumers.”
CEO Adams also spoke about the relevance of the pending Data Protection Act to Bitt’s exit from the sandbox: “Consumers, businesses, licensed financial institutions, governments and investors can rest assured that Bitt is operating in full compliance with the laws of Barbados and is equipped to protect all client data from privacy risks”.
About Bitt Incorporated: The Bitt group of companies has positioned itself at the forefront of financial innovation in Barbados and the wider Caribbean. Bitt has leveraged blockchain and distributed ledger technology to create the most efficient financial services ecosystem to date.
About Central Bank of Barbados: The Central Bank of Barbados’s main policy is to formulate, in association with Government, monetary and fiscal policies to assist with the country’s economic development programme.