April 19, 2024
Iota Launches DLT Foundation in Abu Dhabi
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Iota’s $100M Push: DLT Foundation Establishment in Abu Dhabi’s Key Move

Iota, the open-source blockchain developer, has revealed plans to establish the Iota Ecosystem DLT Foundation in Abu Dhabi, placing a prime focus on propelling distributed ledger technology (DLT) advancements within the Middle East. Backed by a significant allocation of $100 million in Iota tokens, spanning a four-year vesting period, this strategic move aims to accelerate the growth of DLT while ushering in the digital transformation of tangible assets.

Dominik Schiener, the co-founder, emphasized the foundation’s core objective: to onboard institutions onto the blockchain, capitalizing on the evolving market landscape in the UAE. The strategic pivot seeks to capitalize on market reshuffling, allowing a prime opportunity to position itself by enticing institutions to engage on-chain within the UAE.

The Iota Ecosystem DLT Foundation received regulatory approval from the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), marking a milestone as one of the pioneering blockchain-centric entities endorsed by ADGM regulators. This endorsement aligns with ADGM’s ambition to spearhead regional blockchain jurisdiction.

Recent ADGM regulations, effective since November 2, specifically target DLT foundations like IoTa, offering an avenue for expanded operations in the region. Compliance mandates encompass disclosing key figures, obligatory suffixes of “DLT Foundation” in names, the establishment of councils consisting of 2 to 16 members, prioritizing tokenholders as beneficiaries, and prohibiting ADGM licensable activities.

Moreover, these regulatory frameworks pave the way for decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) to function legally by issuing tokens to their members, thereby creating an environment conducive to broader token-based operations.

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