- The International Monetary Fund is working to create a global infrastructure that ensures seamless interoperability between digital currencies issued by national central banks, preventing economic fragmentation.
- Prompted by the decline in cash usage and growing interest in crypto assets, ten out of fourteen central banks exploring the concept are on the verge of issuing their own Central Bank Digital Currencies.
- IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva reaffirmed the institution’s strong commitment to the development of CBDCs, despite ongoing uncertainties regarding their regulation and organization.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is rolling up its sleeves to pave the way for a global infrastructure that could be the linchpin in ensuring seamless interoperability between digital currencies issued by national central banks. This revelation was made by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva during a conference in Rabat, Morocco.
At the heart of this endeavor is the “principle of interoperability.” The vision is to construct a shared infrastructure to ward off the creation of “settlement blocks.” Georgieva emphasized that creating settlement blocks is the very antithesis of what they are aiming for, as it could lead to further economic fragmentation, which they ardently seek to avoid.
The catalyst driving this exploration is the ebbing use of physical cash and a burgeoning curiosity in crypto assets. This trend has prompted monetary policy institutions around the globe to take a deep dive into the world of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). Out of 14 central banks who have donned their explorer hats, ten are already at the cusp of issuing their national digital currencies, according to Georgieva (source). However, she acknowledges that the waters are still murky on the regulation and organization of CBDCs.
Georgieva affirmed the IMF’s unwavering commitment to spearheading the development of CBDCs. The institution is all hands on deck to bring this groundbreaking financial innovation to fruition, ensuring a more interconnected and streamlined global economic landscape.