Ravi Menon, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, or MAS, has voiced the country’s readiness to enter into a close cooperation with China in relation to digital currencies.
Speaking at a financial forum in Shanghai, Menon highlighted China’s progress in the development of its central bank digital currency, or CBDC, known as the digital yuan. Singapore, which is also actively exploring blockchain-based CBDCs, is looking to exchange related knowledge and expertise with China, Sina Finance reports June 18.
Menon reportedly said that the CBDC is currently a very hot topic, noting that Singapore and China’s central bank are discussing various CBDC development scenarios. Outlining that the reasons for developing a CBDC vary by country, the official emphasized that the main goal of Singapore’s CBDC project is to cut cross-border payment and settlement costs, reduce settlement time, and ensure transaction security.
MAS official encourages more cooperation with Facebook’s Libra
At the event, Menon also mentioned Facebook’s troubled stablecoin project, Libra. The official reportedly noted that Libra is a big challenge for the global central bank system, but the project also has “great flexibility,” while the Libra team is committed to work closely with global regulators. “We should not reject the value of Libra, but should have more discussions with them,” Menon added.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore has been working on its blockchain-powered interbank payment project since late 2016. Officially announced in 2018, the so-called “Project Ubin,” is a collaborative effort to explore the use of blockchain for clearing and settlement of payments and securities.
„Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”