During the Singapore FinTech Festival, Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expressed her support for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). She urged to be prepared to implement CBDCs, believing they can greatly improve inclusion and potentially replace traditional cash.
Georgieva acknowledged that there are still uncertainties surrounding the adoption of CBDCs. However, she pointed out that 60% of countries explore these currencies, indicating a growing interest in this financial innovation.
In her speech, Georgieva highlighted two advantages of CBDCs; strengthening resilience in developed nations and expanding financial access in underbanked regions. She envisions CBDCs as cost-effective alternatives to money that can coexist within the existing financial system.
A key aspect emphasized by Georgieva was the importance of developing an infrastructure to support CBDCs. This includes prioritizing data protection and potentially incorporating intelligence to enhance these digital currencies. Georgieva particularly emphasized the need for CBDCs to facilitate more cross-border payments.
The IMF has recently published a guidebook on CBDCs and is collaborating with the Bank for International Settlements on various digital currency projects. The IMF’s involvement also extends to regulating cryptocurrencies, as seen in their proposed matrix for assessing crypto-related risks.
This commitment was further strengthened when the IMF’s Synthesis Paper, developed in collaboration with the Financial Stability Board, received support from finance ministers and central bank governors at the G20.
Georgieva’s statement emphasizes the IMF’s dedication to guiding the sector into the age. With growing interest in CBDCs and the leadership of the IMF, we are witnessing a transformation that will redefine money and transactions as we know them.