As many countries are competing to see who will be the first to launch an effective working central bank digital currency (CBDC), China seems to be in the lead of this game. The country has carried out several trials of its digital yuan in different parts of the country.
As most states in the world are moving towards rolling out their own state-backed blockchain-based digital currencies, Ukraine, a cryptocurrency-friendly country in Eastern Europe has also decided to follow the lead. The state is going to develop its own central bank digital currency (CBDC).
There are many new digitiation tendencies that are going to appear and develop in 2021. Institutional investors are seriously seeking for safe haven in Bitcoin as well as other digital assets, and this could make digital currencies may hit new heights.
The Central bank of Lebanon (BoL) is planning to release its state-backed digital currency known as digital pound. The bank is now the latest financial regulator to embrace the roll out of a central bank digital currency CBDC. The official launch is planned for 2021.
The European Central Bank Governing Council is advancing the work on the possible issuance and circulation of a digital euro, a type of central bank electronic money that would foil cash, not substitute it. Authorities want people to access and use these two types of money together, to offer greater choice and easier access to means of making payments.
The forced digitizations of nearly all industries worldwide makes traditional players adjust and set standards for innovative solutions. Thus, the G20’s Financial Stability Board (FSB) is set for developing a framework for adopting CBDC.