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Qatar Central Bank in ‘foundation stage’ of issuing digital currency

Digital currencies are a technological innovation that usher in a new era of fast, cheap, and more accessible financial services, says QCB governor Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani

June 22, 2022 / 08:39 PM IST
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The Qatar Central Bank (QCB) is in the foundation stage of issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and is working on finding the right technology and platform, the central bank’s governor Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani has said.

Speaking at a session on The Inflation Test at the Qatar Economic Forum, the QCB governor said, “Many central banks are now considering to issue CBDC, and we are not an exception of that. But we are still in the foundation stage. We are evaluating the pros and cons of issuing CBDC and to find the proper and the right technology and platform to issue our CBDC.”

Talking about cryptocurrencies, he said digital currencies are a technological innovation that usher in a new era of fast, cheap, and more accessible financial services.

“However, those crypto assets which are not underlined by monetary authority might be less credible,” he said.

Currently, 105 countries, representing over 95 percent of the global GDP, are exploring a CBDC, according to the Atlantic Council that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges.

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As many as 10 countries have fully launched a digital currency, with China’s pilot set to expand in 2023, while 19 of the G20 countries are exploring a CBDC, with 16 already in the development or pilot stage, including South Korea, Japan, India, and Russia.
Murtuza Merchant is a senior journalist and an avid follower of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
first published: Jun 22, 2022 07:51 pm
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