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ADGM Implements its Sustainable Finance Regulatory Framework

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  • ADGM has today implemented its sustainable finance regulatory framework, comprising the region’s most comprehensive ESG disclosure requirements and a regulatory framework for funds, discretionary managed portfolios, bonds and sukuks designed to accelerate the transition of the UAE to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.  
  • The framework complements ADGM’s existing regulation of carbon offsets, facilitating the establishment of the world’s first regulated carbon offsets exchange and clearing house in ADGM.
  • These measures reflect ADGM’s position as a leading sustainable finance hub in the year that the UAE hosts COP28.
  • The new regulations will take effect immediately, reflecting the critical importance of advancing the green agenda in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and globally.

ABU DHABI, UAE, July 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) today announced the implementation of its sustainable finance regulatory framework with immediate effect, following significant support received through public consultation, reinforcing its position as a leading sustainable financial hub and a natural hub for sustainable finance activities. The framework encompasses rules on sustainability-orientated investment funds, managed portfolios and bonds as well as requirements for environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures by ADGM companies. The measures will accelerate the growth of a sustainable finance ecosystem in the jurisdiction and support the UAE’s transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The framework for green and climate transition funds and portfolios, green and sustainability-linked bonds and sukuks is a significant step in enabling capital to be channelled towards financing the transition to net zero. In order to recognise products and services that are aiding the transition, ADGM will confer a designation on those that purport to meet its robust minimum standards. It will also permit ADGM’s “designation mark” to be used in marketing materials and client communications. A designation mark will provide investors with a level of confidence that those products and services purport to meet ADGM’s minimum standards, catalysing investors to channel capital towards the green transition.

In keeping with ADGM’s keen focus on stakeholder engagement, a feedback statement has also been issued that reflects on the meaningful feedback received and addresses the key issues raised in response to the consultation paper and through associated stakeholder engagements. The overwhelming support for its proposals from industry, including stakeholders who indicated their plans to launch products under the proposed framework, crystallised ADGM’s intention to proceed with one of the first and most comprehensive sustainable finance frameworks in the region.

The feedback statement reflects how industry engagement has not only helped to shape the framework as implemented but also provided a clear indication of the areas that ADGM will examine in a post-implementation review to be undertaken in 2025 as part of its commitment to further develop and refine its regulatory framework going forward. ADGM will continue to rely on input from its stakeholders to help shape its ecosystem into a world-class hub for sustainable finance and a significant enabler to further the UAE’s net zero strategic initiative.

The framework and its stakeholders are further supported by knowledge acceleration initiatives such as the School of Sustainable Finance and the Research Centre at the ADGM Academy.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, President Designate of COP28 UAE said, “I warmly welcome ADGM’s regulatory framework for sustainable finance. The lack of available, accessible, affordable finance is putting the world’s climate goals and sustainable development at risk and addressing this issue is one of the top priorities of the COP28 Presidency. To make transformational progress, we need to shift gears in mobilizing private finance.”

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“ADGM endeavours in advancing such a crucial initiative and in establishing a global hub for sustainable finance are highly commendable. This initiative will play a vital role in mobilizing capital for the transition to net zero not only in the UAE, but also in EMDEs, and will enable increased green transactions from local and global financial institutions.”

“I also welcome the ongoing work of the Sustainable Finance Working Group, chaired by ADGM and composed of UAE regulatory authorities, Federal Ministries and exchanges. These initiatives encompass joint efforts to advance frameworks for ESG disclosures, measures to require sustainability-focused corporate governance and the development of a UAE green taxonomy.”

“Finance is the key to turn good intentions into real results. The Paris Climate Agreement set our collective ambition, and we need initiatives such as ADGM’s Sustainable Finance Regulatory Framework to help us keep 1.5C within reach.”

His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market said, “In the year that the UAE is hosting COP28, ADGM proudly aligns its actions with those of the country’s leadership who have declared this year as the Year of Sustainability. We believe our regulatory framework for sustainable finance is the most comprehensive in the Middle East and South Asia region, and comparable in scope and content with the most comprehensive regulatory frameworks globally.”

“Our requirements, particularly those which set minimum standards for sustainability-focused products and services, will help to channel capital into projects and activities that advance the country’s transition to net zero. We are grateful to market participants for their feedback, which reflects the excellent relationship between ADGM and its stakeholders within our sustainable finance ecosystem. Their engagement will continue to be essential as ADGM actively supports the UAE’s progress towards its goal of net zero by 2050 and the continuing development of Abu Dhabi’s green falcon economy.” 

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The new sustainable finance regulatory framework is further supported by several ongoing initiatives of ADGM such as the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Declaration which has over 100 signatories, and the School of Sustainable Finance at the ADGM Academy. ADGM FSRA’s regulatory amendment to the capital markets framework last year, introduced an environmental instrument as a class of financial instrument, allowing carbon offsets to come under its regulatory framework and AirCarbon Exchange, the world’s first regulated voluntary carbon exchange platform, to be established in the financial centre.

These strategic endeavours, combined with a regulatory framework for sustainability-focused funds, portfolios, bonds and sukuks, as well as requirements for ESG disclosure and the regulation of carbon offsets distinguish ADGM as a premier hub for sustainable finance.

For the legislation and guidance, click HERE.
For the feedback statement, click HERE.
For more information about ADGM’s sustainable finance and ESG initiatives, click HERE.

About Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

For more details on ADGM, please visit www.adgm.com or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @adglobalmarket and LinkedIn: @Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

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MALAYSIAN FOUNDERS BRING WEB3 TO MALAYSIAN SHORES WITH MALAYSIAN BLOCKCHAIN WEEK (MYBW) 2024

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The country’s inaugural Malaysia Blockchain Week (MYBW) is poised to bring mainstream Malaysia into the world of Web 3. MYBW boasts strong Malaysian roots in an international digital space, featuring Malaysian founders and bringing together key Malaysian industry players well-known in the digital space.

The week-long event hosted by Malaysian Web3 powerhouse Lydian Labs will be held in partnership with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and kicked off by Minister of Digital, YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo.

MEET THE MALAYSIAN FACES OF THE BLOCKCHAIN SPACE

The Web3 space transcends international borders, attracting dedicated Malaysians to push the unexplored frontier of the industry.

As such, many Malaysians have become industry giants in the blockchain space, commanding significant influence and expertise in the industry. Despite their elusive real-life presence, lucky participants at MYBW will be able to rub shoulders with these Malaysian founders of key Web3 companies.

Youths and young-at-heart builders keen on exploring Web3 ventures as well as seasoned international investors will benefit from the congregation of blockchain experts and Web3 veterans.

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Expect to see local industry giants at MYBW, who will be present in support of the Malaysian-led initiative as well to provide unique industry insights at the event’s keynote presentations and panel discussions.

Present at the event will include Matthew Tan, the founder and CEO of the leading Ethereum block explorer, API and Analytics Platform, Etherscan.io. Prior to Etherscan, Tan founded and developed one of the earlier token-based blockchain explorers, Blockscan, for Counterparty, a smart contracts blockchain built on top of Bitcoin. He has around 15 years of industry experience, consulting and developing bespoke line of business solutions when he was a co-founder of a data/web applications solutions provider.

Next is Bobby Ong, the co-founder and COO of CoinGecko, an analytics platform for tracking cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. CoinGecko was established in April 2014 and is one of the largest cryptoasset data aggregators in the world. Additionally, Ong is a contributing author in two digital currencies books – Handbook of Digital Currency, 1st Edition and Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion, Volume 1. He was also included in the Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 Asia list and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London in 2012.

Other Malaysian founders include, but are not limited to:

  • Siong, co-founder of Jupiter, a decentralised exchange aggregator on the Solana blockchain platform using an extensive liquidity network and advanced algorithms.
  • Shawn Chong, co-founder of Salus, a holistic Web3 security company with experience in traditional and blockchain security focusing on user protection and strategic initiatives at the intersection of blockchain and cybersecurity.
  • TN Lee, founder of Pendle Finance, a DeFi platform that enables users to tokenize and trade future yield on Ethereum assets.
  • Dr Ian Tan, co-founder of Lydian Labs, a full stack Web3 Solutions Provider focused on advisory, tech, and marketing specialised in the APAC region.
  • Nicole Yap, founder of 8SIAN NFT which artfully tokenizes the rich tapestry of Asian heritage into NFTs which celebrate the history and depth of Asian women while building a global and inclusive Asian community.
  • Julian Koh, co-founder of Aevo, a high-performance decentralised derivatives exchange focused on options.

These Malaysian powerhouses will also be joined by international industry names such as Chess, CEO of GM Network; Dr Kang Li, CSO of CertiK; Victor Ji, Co-Founder of Manta Network; Gracy Chen, CEO of Bitget; Yoann Turpin, co-founder of Wintermute; Moshe, chairman of Oobit; Mark Rydon, CEO of Aethir; John Yao, CEO of Team Secret and many more.

MINTING THE FUTURE OF MALAYSIAN WEB3

MYBW will set the tone and future for Web3 growth and widespread adoption in Malaysia, featuring 33 panel discussions, 15 keynote talks, and more than 150 speakers which will open the curtain on important blockchain topics such as regulatory issues, the decentralised finance & syariah digital economy, blockchain traceability, NFTs & Web3 Gaming, and the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the Malaysian landscape.

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The event, anticipated to draw more than 2,500 participants, will facilitate discussions between key stakeholders, bringing together decision-makers from the government and industry leaders to mint the future of Web3 for Malaysia.

Tickets for MYBW are already available on the official website.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: 31 July – 1 August 2024 | 10am – 6pm
Location: World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)

Website details: https://myblockchainweek.com/

About Lydian Labs

Lydian Labs is a full stack Web3 solutions provider focused on the APAC region and China, providing 3 main pillars of services: Advisory, Tech, and Marketing.

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BlockScholes X Bybit Crypto Derivatives Analytics Report Reveals Investors More Bullish on ETH Than BTC

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DUBAI, UAE, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, in partnership with BlockScholes, has released its latest Crypto Derivatives Analytics Report, highlighting a notable divergence in investor sentiment between Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC).

The report, analyzing market trends and trading signals across spot trading volume, futures, options, and perpetual contracts, underscores a growing bullish sentiment toward ETH. Key findings indicate that investors are increasingly optimistic about ETH, particularly in anticipation of the imminent launch of the first Ether Spot ETFs in the United States. This optimism is reflected in ETH’s sustained volatility premium over BTC, which has persisted amid heightened market activity.

Key Highlights from the Report:

  • Bullish Sentiment Toward ETH: BlockScholes’s Senti-Meter Index reveals a bullish sentiment among investors toward ETH compared to BTC. This sentiment is influenced by expectations surrounding the imminent ETF launch for Ethereum.
  • ETH Futures Outperforming BTC: Despite recent market fluctuations, ETH futures have shown a quicker recovery in open interest compared to BTC. This recovery trend suggests a robust market narrative focused on ETH’s ETF prospects.
  • Strong Perpetual Trading in ETH: Significant trading volumes in ETH perpetual contracts indicate substantial long positions, possibly driven by strategic positioning ahead of anticipated market developments.
  • High ETH Option Volatility: ETH options market volatility remains elevated, especially in anticipation of ETF approval, contrasting with BTC options, which exhibit a more defensive posture.

In response to the findings, Bybit’s Head of Institutions, Eugene Cheung, commented: “The latest data underscores ETH’s resilience and market appeal as we approach key regulatory milestones. Investors are demonstrably positioning themselves favorably amidst growing market expectations.”

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Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.

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Apply and Win the Dream Getaway to Austria and Cutting-edge Gadgets with Bybit Card

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DUBAI, UAE, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Bybit, the world’s second-largest crypto exchange by trading volume, is excited to announce the launch of its Bybit Card campaign, offering users the opportunity to win extraordinary prizes, including a dream getaway to Austria and cutting-edge tech gadgets including an iPhone 15 Pro and more.

To participate in the campaign, users need to apply and spend at least 500 EUR/USD with their Bybit Card. By completing both steps, they will automatically enter the Lucky Draw, where they stand a chance to win a guaranteed prize. The first 1,000 users who fulfill the requirements will be eligible for the Lucky Draw.

The campaign will run from Jul 15, 2024, 10:00 AM UTC to Aug 18, 2024, 11:59 PM UTC. During this period, users can take advantage of this exciting opportunity to win fantastic rewards.

In addition, VIP users will receive a 30 EUR/USD card bonus, enhancing their overall Bybit Card experience.

Joan Han, sales and marketing director at Bybit, said, “With the Bybit Card, individuals can seamlessly incorporate digital finance into their everyday lives, whether they’re shopping online or covering routine expenses. By providing users with convenience and flexibility, we aim to enhance their financial experiences. Furthermore, we are thrilled to introduce a range of diverse rewards and campaigns to our global user base, thereby creating greater accessibility and convenience for utilizing digital assets.”

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The Bybit Card blends the world of digital finance with everyday transactions, offering users a seamless spending experience. For more information about the Bybit Card and how to apply, visit:https://www.bybit.com/en/promo/campaign/Apply-Card-Win-Big

#Bybit / #TheCryptoArk

About Bybit

Bybit is the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, serving over 33 million users. Established in 2018, Bybit provides a professional platform where crypto investors and traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, 24/7 customer service, and multilingual community support. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One’s reigning Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions: the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

For more details about Bybit, please visit Bybit Press.
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