- Indonesia’s 2024 general elections could significantly impact the country’s burgeoning crypto industry, depending on the stance of the new leadership.
- Leading candidates, including Anies Baswedan, Muhaimin Iskandar, Ganjar Pranowo, and Gibran Rakabuming Raka, have varying perspectives on crypto, hinting at different policy directions.
As Indonesia gears up for its general elections in February 2024, the future of its vibrant cryptocurrency sector hangs in the balance. The outcome of these elections could either bolster or dampen the nation’s crypto momentum, depending on the incoming leadership’s approach to digital assets.
Candidates’ Stance on Crypto
The current administration under President Joko Widodo has been proactive in embracing cryptocurrency, even launching the world’s first digital asset bourse. However, the stance of potential successors offers a mixed bag of policy directions.
- Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar: These presidential and vice-presidential candidates, representing the opposition, have not been outspoken about crypto. Muhaimin, however, advocated for taxing crypto transactions in 2022 and called for stricter regulation, suggesting a potential shift in policy under their leadership.
- Ganjar Pranowo and Mahfud MD: This duo has been relatively silent on crypto during their campaign. However, Ganjar, as the governor of Central Java in 2022, acknowledged the creative potential of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) while emphasizing the importance of tax compliance.
- Gibran Rakabuming Raka and Prabowo Subianto: Among all candidates, Raka, the son of President Widodo, has been the most vocal about crypto. Advocating for digitization with a focus on blockchain and crypto, he aims to nurture experts to boost Indonesia’s tech sector. His running mate, Prabowo, has expressed intentions to enhance tax compliance supervision among crypto traders.
The Future of Crypto in Indonesia
As the election day approaches, the crypto community in Indonesia is keenly observing the candidates’ positions. The industry hopes for a leadership that will foster a more crypto-friendly environment, potentially easing tax burdens and supporting digital innovation. The existing transition of crypto supervision to the Financial Services Authority (OJK) in 2025 adds another layer of anticipation about the sector’s regulatory future.
The candidates’ varying perspectives on crypto and blockchain technology imply different trajectories for the industry. With the general elections set to commence on February 14, the outcome could be a defining moment for Indonesia’s crypto landscape. It remains to be seen which leadership will steer the nation’s vibrant crypto sector towards further growth or regulatory constraints.