JAN 16, 2024
Positive signals in Vietnam suggesting XRP payments adoption
Recent statements by figures well placed in the crypto space and within the Vietnamese government point to increased potential for greater adoption of XRP, the payments solution token first developed by Ripple Labs.
‘XRP will be big in Vietnam’
Yasin Mobarak is a prominent figure within the XRP community. He’s also the founder and managing member of Dizer Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm that specializes in blockchain, internet of things (IoT) and clean energy projects. On Saturday, Mobarak tweeted out:
While Mobarak didn’t comment further, he did include a link to an X social media post published by XRP community member Kenny Nguyen, relaying the news that Vietnamese Finance Minister Ho Duc Phoc had announced that the government is currently working with the Vietnamese Central Bank with a view towards studying and possibly implementing the use of XRP for cross border payments.
Central Bank's consideration of XRP
Vietnam's Central Bank is actively exploring the integration of XRP for cross-border payments, both domestically and internationally. This move aligns with the region's swift adoption of XRP, driven by its promise of faster, cost-effective and secure cross-border payment services. Ripple's recent collaboration with TPB Bank, a major player in Vietnam's banking sector, is set to fortify the entire XRP ecosystem.
In September 2023, SBI Remit, a financial service provider and subsidiary company of Japanese financial services conglomerate SBI Group, initiated an XRP-based remittance service covering Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. SBI has a long-standing partnership in place with Ripple aimed at launching international payment services.
As part of that announcement, SBI confirmed the participation of Malaysia-based cross-border payments hub Tranglo in the project.
Crypto adoption and growth
Despite legal constraints, Vietnam emerged as a leader in crypto adoption in Asia in 2023 by claiming the third position in Chainalysis’ 2023 Global Crypto Adoption rankings. The region, still adapting to the global rise of cryptocurrencies, is undergoing a transformation.
While centralized exchanges dominate in various countries, regional preferences vary. In the Philippines, a noteworthy 20% of the population engages with crypto sites for gaming and gambling. In contrast, Vietnam and Pakistan distinguish themselves with citizens favoring peer-to-peer exchanges. This approach allows direct trading between individuals, bypassing large corporations.
A report produced by Kyros Ventures and Coin68 in conjunction with Hong Kong’s Animoca Brands last year found that 76% of Vietnamese crypto holders determine their investment choices based upon recommendations from friends and people within their peer group.
The collaboration between regulatory bodies, financial institutions, government and crypto projects illustrates the growing integration of digital assets into traditional financial systems. This latest example pertaining to Vietnam and XRP certainly offers the potential of a much greater level of adoption in the region.
While activity within Vietnam may be a key consideration for XRP investors and stakeholders in 2024, the potential for a Ripple initial public offering (IPO) is also something they’re likely to be watching out for. Over the course of the past six months, a Ripple IPO has been the subject of speculation. That speculative interest has likely increased following Circle, the issuer of U.S. dollar stablecoin USDC, filing for an IPO last week.