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Coinbase Halts Operation In India After Launch From RBI



Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, said that the Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange has revealed that it halted operation in India a few days after launch due to “informal pressure” from the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).


It has been reported that Coinbase Global provided an update on its Indian operation during the company’s earnings call Tuesday, particularly why it exited the Indian crypto market a few days after launch.

Anil Gupta, the Vice President of Investors Relations at Coinbase, asked CEO Brian Armstrong:

“Some shareholders are curious about the recent developments in India. Can you explain the halting of UPI [Unified Payments Interface] transfers there? And what impact will that have on your expansion plans in the market?”

However, Coinbase launched in India on April 7. Armstrong went to India for the launch. The company said at the time that users could use the UPI system to buy cryptocurrencies on the platform. The company disabled the UPI option a few days later.


Armstrong said:

“There’s a lot of interest in crypto amongst the people there in India. So we had an integration with what’s called UPI. And this was a great example of just our international strategy.”

He elaborated:

“A few days after launching, we ended up disabling UPI because of some informal pressure from the Reserve Bank of India, which is kind of the Treasury equivalent there.”

Armstrong stated:

“And India is a unique market, in the sense that the supreme court has ruled that they can’t ban crypto, but there are elements in the government there, including at Reserve Bank of India, who don’t seem to be as positive on it.”

Thus, he concluded:

“My hope is that we will be live back in India in relatively short order, along with a number of other countries, where we’re pursuing international expansion similarly.”

Source: Bitcoin News


 

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