Binance is currently the world’s largest crypto exchange with $1.47 bln in trade volume, has set up a bank account in Malta. This move brings the exchange one step closer to its plans to offer fiat-to-crypto deposits and withdrawals on its platform, a feature that would further improve the exchange’s liquidity and facilitate new investors entering the space with fiat purchases.

Its CEO, described the new bank account as a “very significant” development since the exchange first disclosed it was relocating its headquarters to the island. Malta is fast establishing itself as a haven for blockchain companies, given its robust and transparent crypto regulatory climate. He hoped fiat-crypto trading on Binance would launch in Malta “within the year,” also indicating plans to offer the service in Uganda and potentially Asia as well.

More broadly, the CEO reflected on Binance’s progress in Malta, which he affirmed is going “very well,” revealing that the company is also in talks with Malta’s traditional equities stock exchange about a possible future collaboration.

Malta is considered “one of the best places” for blockchain firms by the CEO and it is deserving of its ‘Blockchain Island’ nickname given the “very welcoming and reasonable” stance of local regulators towards the crypto sphere. He noted that “a few dozen” blockchain companies have already established themselves on the island since late March alone.

When it comes to fictional crypto-paradisal islands, however, CZ dismissed the outlandish sci-fi-esque rumors that Binance had allegedly bought a private island that it hoped to nurture into a blockchain-powered microstate.

Binance is now working on developing a decentralized exchange, which is currently a big, “high priority” project according to the CEO.

Just last week, Binance revealed its plans to create a major $1 bln cryptocurrency-based fund to support blockchain and crypto startups, seeking a total of twenty ‘heavyweight‘ partners for the project, each of which is required to have at least $100 mln under asset management.