The cryptocurrency change OKX plans to enter the Indian market and recruit native staff in an effort to develop the chances of Web3 functions, in response to a CoinDesk report.
OKX chief advertising officer Haider Rafique stated the corporate plans to scale up its pockets providers “exponentially” by way of entrance into India’s developer neighborhood. He continued, saying there are presently 200,000 OKX Pockets customers in India, which equates to barely 5% of India’s Web3 customers.
“We’re going to study concerning the neighborhood. We’re going to work with native of us — determine the place we will add worth.”
OKX is the sixth-largest cryptocurrency change worldwide by way of quantity, in response to present data from CoinMarketCap. It additionally doesn’t have a world headquarters however relatively works out of regional hubs in Singapore, Dubai, Hong Kong and the Bahamas.
Rafique stated the corporate wasn’t planning on opening an workplace in India however would rely on native staff to steer its efforts within the nation.
“We’re attempting to establish who’s who within the zoo and what’s their contribution. There’s a big developer neighborhood. How will we assist them? Construct a relationship with them.”
He commented that by taking the neighborhood method, it may spotlight the precise option to enter the native market.
Just lately, OKX partnered with the blockchain platform Neo for an APAC Hackathon within the southern Indian metropolis of Bengaluru. Rafique referred to as this transfer a check to validate assumptions, perceive the tradition, and assist the native Web3 ecosystem.
Buying and selling cryptocurrencies is authorized in India, although there are presently no set rules in place by a government, and they’re traded and used on the danger of the investor. Whereas they don’t seem to be banned, additionally they do not need any standing as authorized tender, nor can they be used for banking functions. The nation presently imposes a 30% tax on crypto.
On July 27, India’s Supreme Courtroom reprimanded the Union government for the dearth of crypto rules. It pushed the federal government to disclose if it has any plans for upcoming rules of digital currencies attributable toa rise in criminal activities involving cryptocurrencies.
Rafique stated he thinks regulators there are starting to separate Web3 from centralized finance (CeFi). “They’re extra involved about venues which have fiat on-ramps, which we do however we don’t supply it in India,” he stated.
“As soon as India comes up with a regulatory framework for crypto, then we wish to be the entrance runners.”
Whereas OKX plans to rent on-the-ground workers in India, Indian cryptocurrency exchanges CoinSwitch and CoinDCX have not too long ago had to lay off staff by the hands of the present market stoop.