Hong Kong's SFC Presents Three-Year Strategy, Focusing on Tokenization

<p>Hong Kong's
Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has unveiled its Strategic Priorities
for 2024-2026, focusing on elevating the city's status in the global financial
landscape. The desire to tokenize traditional assets is one of the many
regulator highlighted four key areas of focus: maintaining market resilience,
enhancing Hong Kong's global capital market appeal, leading financial
innovation, and boosting institutional resilience and efficiency.</p><p>SFC to Bolster Market
Resilience</p><p>The SFC
aims to fortify the city's financial market foundations to support sustainable
growth. This entails addressing emerging risks, shoring up risk management
capabilities among market infrastructure and intermediaries, and enhancing
enforcement tools to uncover misconduct.</p><p>"With
this roadmap, the Commission is now better placed than ever to respond robustly
and creatively to new regulatory challenges at home and abroad and to shape
market developments," said Tim Lui, the Chairman of the <a href="https://www.financemagnates.com/tag/sfc/" target="_blank" rel="follow">SFC</a>.</p><p>Boosting Global
Competitiveness</p><p>Hong Kong
will focus on leveraging mainland China ties and overseas networks to
broaden its investor base. The city aims to enhance its IPO fundraising
capabilities and improve market liquidity.</p><p>"In
particular, we are committed to playing an even more active part in further
strengthening Hong Kong's unique role as a gateway to the Mainland and
positioning the city as an offshore hub for RMB businesses and <a href="https://www.financemagnates.com/terms/r/risk-management/">risk management</a>,
as well as supporting national development and safeguarding financial security,"
Lui added.</p><p>Embracing Innovation and
regulator additionally looks to advance Hong Kong's position in areas like virtual
assets, tokenization, and sustainable finance while ensuring investor
protection against threats like greenwashing.</p><p>According
to the report <a href="https://www.sfc.hk/-/media/EN/files/COM/PDF/SFCStrategic-Priorities-EngJan-2024.pdf?rev=15103555c5654e78b919017211ead05d&amp;hash=D95C8551E2D444C4DBD2037F3B694441">attached
to the statement</a>, the SFC aims to "advance the regulatory regime for
virtual asset trading platforms by providing regulatory guidance to new virtual
asset activities" while simultaneously expanding the scope of <a href="https://www.financemagnates.com/terms/t/tokenization/">tokenization</a>
of traditional products, which is expected to enhance investor protection.</p><p>This is another step towards better oversight of the cryptocurrency industry, <a href="https://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/sfc-and-hong-kong-police-collaborate-on-monitoring-virtual-asset-trading-platforms/" target="_blank" rel="follow">after the SFC stated in October</a> that it would supervise digital token trading platforms together with local police.</p><p>Enhancing Institutional
the SFC aims to pursue greater operational efficiency, step up cyber resilience
and ensure adequate financial resources to uphold its role as critical
Commission would be on a stronger footing to keep investors out of harm's way,"
said Julia Leung, the Chief Executive Officer at the SFC. "We want to bring
wrongdoers to justice when financial crimes nowadays come in any shape and
form, as well as to bring the full range of resources and tools at its disposal
to achieve positive regulatory outcomes."</p><p>The newest
strategy outlines the Commission's approach to navigating the evolving
financial landscape, underscoring its dedication to sustaining Hong Kong's
position as a premier global financial center.</p>

This article was written by Damian Chmiel at www.financemagnates.com.

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