CBK and CMA Launch an Awareness Campaign on Crypto Assets

The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) in collaboration with the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) launched a joint financial literacy campaign regarding investing or dealing in crypto assets, or so-called “virtual currencies”.


In a joint statement, the CBK Governor, Dr. Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel, said that the campaign reflects social responsibility towards the public, and aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with crypto assets due to their sharp price fluctuations, and the fact that they are not subject to any regulatory authority in Kuwait, exposing speculators to large losses and fraud.


The Chairman of CMA Board of Commissioners and Managing Director, Prof. Ahmed A. Al-Melhem added that the campaign focuses on a number of issues, including crypto assets and high-risk investments, as well as investing through fake or misleading sites. He added that it is pertinent to raise the public’s awareness of the changing landscape consisting of emerging financial technologies, and ease of access to financial services, online transfers and shopping. While this represents an opportunity to develop and facilitate exchanges, it also poses threats and risks that dealers must consider, especially with the communication channels that could be exploited for promoting high-risk investments.


The Governor concluded by stating that this is the second awareness campaign mutually organized by the CBK and CMA, stressing the continuous collaboration between the two authorities to raise awareness amongst the general public on issues related to investments, savings and finance.