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Central bank digital cash might come to 20% of the global in three years –BIS

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INDIA

Feb, 02 2021

Feb, 02 2021

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Central banks in place of one-fifth of the world’s population are expected to subject their digital currencies in the next three years. A review by central bank umbrella group the Bank for International Clearances express. 

 

The impulse comes as physical cash use drops worldwide and specialists look to fend off the threat to their money-printing influences from Bitcoin. The determinations related to Big Tech such as the Facebook-backed Diem, formerly Libra. 

 

At the same time, central banks who have taken interest rates adverse are looking at whether digital cash could be used to aid the radical policy. 

 

Maximum central banks are exploring central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), and their work bears a pace among the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

This BIS paper appraises previous surveys that asked central banks how their tactics in this area are emerging. The latest replies show that as a whole, central banks are continuing from conceptual research to useful experimentation. 

 

Also, the paper highlights that while most have no plans to issue CBDCs in the foreseeable future, central banks collectively representing a fifth of the world's population are likely to launch retail CBDCs in the next three years. The Covid19 pandemic has more new inspirations on this journey. 

 

BIS review of 65 central banks exhibited 86% were discovering the benefits and drawbacks of digital currencies, with some challenging possible designs. 

 

Developing and emerging economy central banks are more possible than those in major thrifts to issue central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the survey presented. 

 

A fifth of central banks from major thrifts that re-joined the survey said distributing digital currencies was “possible” in the little or medium-term, up from only one last year. 

 

As a total, however, “central banks are touching into more advanced phases of CBDC engagement, continuing from conceptual research to practical research,” the study said. 


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Vandana Mrigwani

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