Thailand\u2019s royalty understands the importance of cryptocurrency. The country has created the regulatory framework that outlines cryptocurrencies, signed off on by a royal decree, the Bangkok Post reported. The new laws, which are comprised of 100 different sections, was published in Thailand\u2019s Royal Gazette and defines digital currency equally as \u201cdigital assets and digital tokens.\u201d Cryptocurrency is fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of Thailand\u2019s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both the SEC and the country\u2019s finance minister, Apisak Tantivorawong, have been supportive of initial coin offerings (ICO) and cryptocurrencies, and the new laws aren\u2019t meant to hinder future innovation of the space. Just the opposite \u2013 they\u2019re designed to promote innovation and expansion under a set of legal guidelines. Now that the royal decree is official, any entity that wants to sell digital assets or tokens is obligated to register with the SEC within 90 days. Failure to do so could result in a penalty that is up to twice the value of any unauthorized digital transaction, or a minimum of $15,700. Those that try to buck the system could also be sentenced to up to two years in prison. All domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, brokers and dealers must register with the relevant authorities, as outlined in the royal decree. Tantivorawong has stressed that the move is designed to protect investors while ensuring cryptocurrencies aren\u2019t used for money laundering, tax evasion or other criminal activities. The framework was first introduced in March, and has gone through several changes since. Prior to the laws, there was a certain level of apprehension on the part of Thailand\u2019s central bank, which subsequently banned domestic banks from participating in cryptocurrency investments or trading. The bank had become concerned that any cryptocurrency activity could be banned completely. ICO trading was halted by the Thai Digital Asset Exchange in February for the same reason, although the exchanges were allowed to continue operations. Cryptocurrency assets are already subjected to taxation in the country. Tantivorawong spoke at a cabinet meeting on March 27, outlining how some cryptocurrency activity would be taxed. Trades are given a 7% value added tax and returns are assessed a 15% capital gains tax.