The G7 inter-governmental political forum is the latest global body to highlight the need for digital currency regulations, imploring the FSB to establish the regulations quickly.
Finance ministers of the G7 countries have reached an agreed position on 13 public policy principles for central bank digital currencies, in a move that could pave the way for greater adoption of CBDCs across the world’s leading economies.
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There has been no sign of slowing down for the digital currency industry as the recent G7 meeting concluded that world governments agree on digital assets regulations.
Facebook has been threatened with legal action after rebranding its Libra stablecoin to “Diem,” following objections from a finance startup with the same name.
Finance ministers and central bank governors from across the Group of 7 countries discussed crypto assets and their increasing role in the global financial system.
In a draft seen by Reuters, finance ministers and central bankers of the G7 countries revealed that their anti-Libra stance hasn’t changed. The G7, consisting of the U.S., Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan believes that Libra could undermine financial stability if launched under the current regulatory framework.
The group believes that Libra could also undermine consumer protection, taxation, privacy and cybersecurity.
Libra, and similar stablecoins, could be used for money laundering and terrorist financing, compromising market integrity and governance as well as undermining legal certainty, they said.
The draft stated, “The G7 continues to maintain 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.”
A number of financial regulatory authorities in the G7 countries are currently exploring the opportunities and risks associated with CBDCs, according to the draft. However, it didn’t list the level of progress the regulators have made or if any of them were looking to launch a CBDC in the near future.
Aside from CBDCs, the draft sounded an alarm regarding the rising threat of ransomware attacks, with digital currencies being used to make payments. These attacks have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, fueled by the influx of people conducting economic activities online.
“These attacks, which often involve payments in crypto-assets, jeopardize essential functions along with our collective security and prosperity. We affirm our resolve to combat this threat collectively as well as individually.”
The draft comes just after the Financial Stability Board, a G20 body, published recommendations on regulating CBDCs. The report, compiled in partnership with the World Bank and the IMF, seeks to lay out the guidelines that regulators must observe as they explore the feasibility of a CBDC in their jurisdiction.
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Financial regulators in the world’s seven biggest economies will continue to oppose the launch of Facebook’s digital currency Libra until proper regulations are in place.