Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (06/05/2021)*

G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on CBDC and Stablecoins

G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors remain focused on central bank digital currency (CBDC) and global stablcoins. They committed to work together on their wider public policy implications, noting that CBDCs could act as both a liquid, safe settlement asset and as an anchor for the payments system. Their objective is to ensure that CBDCs are grounded in long-standing public sector commitments to transparency, the rule of law and sound economic governance. CBDCs should be resilient and energy-efficient; support innovation, competition, inclusion, and could enhance cross-border payments; they should operate within appropriate privacy frameworks and minimise spillovers. G7 authorities will work towards common principles and publish conclusions later in the year.

G7 authorities reiterated that no global stablecoin project should begin operation until it adequately addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and oversight requirements through appropriate design and by adhering to applicable standards. They committed to international cooperation to ensure common standards, including by supporting international standard setting bodies in reviewing existing regulatory standards, and emphasize the importance of addressing any identified gaps. They continued to support the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB’s) ongoing work in reviewing regulatory, supervisory and oversight challenges to the implementation of its High Level Recommendations for global stablecoin arrangements. They continued to support the implementation of the G20 Roadmap to enhance cross–border payments and welcome the publication of the FSB consultation on Targets for Addressing the Four Challenges of Cross-border Payments

G+D Filia: The evolution of currency

Giesecke+Devrient’s (G+D’s) hybrid-deployment Filia model of a value-based CBDC solution involves existing members of the currency cycle playing a vital role in. The creation and issuance of data files that represent monetary value take place in a highly secure offline environment at the central bank, while distribution is carried out by commercial banks or other financial service providers. Payment service providers can integrate Filia into their own offerings – as part of a larger payment ecosystem – to enable new business models, and to foster growth and innovation in an open system. Filia can be utilized through smartphones, smartcards, smartwatches, and other forms of digital wallets, without the need for a bank account, the disclosure of private data, or consumer fees. It also allows for secure offline consecutive offline payments. 

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