Amidst global digitization, the cryptocurrency industry is constantly growing. Some countries remain alerted to the industry, while others create favourable conditions to take advantage of it to boost their economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of many central banks and has now taken a route of fintech innovation. Some of the major tools being currently looked at is introducing central bank digital currency (CBDC) into the finance and banking industry. But the main question is how these new forms of digital currencies impact the economy.
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.
According to the recent report by PwC, a global audit and consulting network, Blockchain has what it takes to add $1.76 trillion to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030. But what is the basis of these ambitious projections? Are these numbers practical or far from reality?
As the idea of issuing the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is gaining traction worldwide, China makes practical steps to make their digital yuan release closer. Now, the country is going to expand its trials to test the CBDC potential on a larger scale.