Updated on November 2019 to include updated list from CEZA.
- Updated on June 2019 to add more sub-licensees
- Updated on May 7, 2019 to include new sub-licensees. As mentioned previously, will no longer create articles on CEZA licensing unless they are of significant importance.
- Updated March 27, 2019.
- Updated February 20, 2019.
- Updated January 18, 2019. We exclusively obtain from the government corporation itself of the updated list of licensees as of January 10, 2018.
The Philippines’ Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) has 25 offshore cryptocurrency license up for grabs to companies that seek to set up business in the Cagayan Economic Zone in the Philippines. In this article, we list down the companies that have been awarded with that license.
What is an Offshore Cryptocurrency Exchange License?
The Offshore Cryptocurrency Exchange License, or “Financial Technology Solutions and Offshore Virtual Currency License” (FTSOVC License) is granted to companies which will be allowed to set up back offices of their virtual currency exchange or crypto and blockchain business in the Cagayan Economic Zone, thereby becoming a locator in the zone. This is all in line with the economic zone’s vision of turning Cagayan into a financial technology, blockchain, and crypto hub. The regulator also had other plans, including building a smart city in Fuga Island.
The license allows these foreign investments to run the business in the Philippines but must only service users from outside the country. This license allows the company to do crypto to crypto transactions but does not allow the company to facilitate crypto to fiat transactions as that is a separate license from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Also check out:
- (Updated August 2019) List of Licensed Virtual Currency Exchanges in the Philippines
- (Updated October 2019) List of Cryptocurrency Exchanges in the Philippines
CEZA is a government-owned corporation establish via the Republic Act 7922 (Special Economic Zone Act) to manage the Cagayan Economic Zone. Its president (Currently Raul Lambino) has the rank of a secretary and Cabinet Official, reporting directly to the president of the Philippines. Economic Zones are special jurisdictions wherein the regulator develops it by creating laws that will aid the zone’s economic development. In addition to the Cagayan Economic Zone, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority is established via the Philippine Economic zone act of 1995. CEZA has offices in Manila, Philippines as well where its licensees can also set up and do admin-related operations.
List of Companies with Financial Technology Solutions and Offshore Virtual Currency License in the Philippines’ CEZA
Updated February 20, 2019: Updated List
- Golden Millenial Quickpay Inc. Ltd.
- Ultra Precise Investment Ltd.
- Liannet Technology Ltd.
- Rare Earth Asia Technologies Corp.
- Formosa Financial Holdings Ltd.
- Tanzer Holdings Ltd.
- Asia Premiere International Ltd.
- Orient Express Global Ltd.
- White Ranch Limited Ltd.
- Dragon Empire Developments Ltd.
- Galaxy Plus Developments Ltd.
- Tiger Wheel Ltd.
- IPE Global Pte. Ltd.
- Cr8tiv Solutions Management Ltd.
- Sino-Phil Economic Zone Agency Development and Management Corp.
- Digifin Technologies Pte. Ltd.
- Hong Kong Yuen Shing Hong Ltd.
- First Bullion Holdings Inc
- OKCoin Philippines Technology Co. Ltd
- 6X Tech Pte Ltd
- Increz Korea
- Harseq Inc Limited
- FAFA Internet Blockchain (China) Co. Ltd
- Wangwang Quickpay Foundation Ltd
- Alpha Capital Asia Limited
- Escudar Co., Ltd.
Regular License – OVCE
(This section is not updated on November 2019)
- Cezex Trading Pte. Ltd.
- Unicorn Venture Investment Limited
- A&C Fintech Limited
- Zipmex Pte. Ltd.
- Bird Mouse Co., Ltd.
- Adax Tech Limited
- Monetium Co. Ltd.
- Bitpoint APEC Investment Corp
- HXL (HK) Technology Ltd.
- Noah Ark Technologies Ltd.
- WTIA Pte. Ltdf
Regular License – Financial Technology Solutions Business
(This section is not updated on November 2019.)
- EPlata Pacific Pte. Ltd.
- Ecoflow Inc.
List of Companies With Pending License Application
Note: This list is from previous reports about the companies that have signed up agreements to set up in the economic zone. (Updated Feb. 20, 2019 to remove Bird Mouse Co., Ltd. as it has been granted a regular license.)
- Bitventures Inc.
- Mbex Inc.
- Idragon Science Development Corp.
- Seryna Coin Metrics Inc.
- Lideres Inc.
- CX Tech Pte. Ltd.
- CSM Corporation
List of Non-Licensed Entities
The Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (csezfp) Regulator clarified on March 21, 2019 that they have not issued licenses to the following entities as of yet:
- Freedom Traders Club, Ploutos Innovation Corporation, Ploutos Innovation Limited, and Ploutos Coin
- Hedger Technology, Ltd.
- iDragon Science Development Corporation
- TEO Consulting Group. Inc , and ECP+
- Grace Exchange Inc. Ltd.
According to the Cagayan Freeport regulator, these licenses are only provisional. The agency will closely monitor these companies to ensure that they are complying with the regulations they set up. In a previous report obtained via local papers such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer, its Legal Consultant Atty. Mike David ensured that the licensees have gone through very strict security and background checks. There will be routine checks to monitor the activities of the licensees.
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