The research by the U.S.-based Atlantic Council think tank says more than 130 countries are exploring the possibility of launching their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
- CBDCs are digital versions of traditional currency that are issued and controlled by a country’s central bank.
- The rise of cryptocurrencies and the increasing use of digital payments have prompted many countries to explore the potential benefits of CBDCs.
- CBDCs could potentially make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, while also promoting financial inclusion.
- However, there are also concerns about the potential risks and challenges associated with CBDCs, including cybersecurity threats and the impact on monetary policy.
- China is currently leading the way in terms of CBDC development, having already launched a digital version of its currency, the yuan.
- Other countries, including Sweden, Uruguay, and the Bahamas, have also launched CBDC pilot programs or are in the process of developing their own digital currencies.
- The development of CBDCs is a rapidly evolving area, and it remains to be seen how they will be regulated and adopted by consumers and businesses.
View the full the Central Bank Digital Currency Tracker released by the Atlantic Council here.