CBDC update: Libra, CBDC and implications for the banking sector
By Sabine de Witte

Aug 13, 2020

Early July we announced that we joined the CBDC committee, together with the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), Dutch Blockchain Coalition (DBC) and 2Tokens. In this article (&vlog!) we provide more insight into what goes on behind-the-scenes.

Research: extensive impact on the financial sector

In a recent study of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management about Libra and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), it is stated that the launch of Libra and a Euro CBDC will have an extensive impact on the financial sector. A tokenized, local means of payment, such as Libra, could soon become a dreaded competitor for commercial banks when it comes to cross-border payments.

At the same time, the study points out that Libra and CBDC can also serve as catalysts of innovation in the banking sector. Several opportunities are pointed out:

  1. Banks could become essential in Libra and CBDC systems when it comes to generating returns.
  2. Banks could offer services that are in line with their traditional activities, such as the custody and distribution of digital money, together with AML and KYC services.
  3. The introduction of a digital, programmable Euro ensures a high degree of interoperability in multiple, fast-growing payment ecosystems. Here, banks could take the role of accelerators, developing standards concerning interoperability.
  4. A programmable, digital Euro is driven by smart contracts. Smart contracts can be used to automate many processes in the financial service sector, such as payment of interest, leasing, and factoring. This way, a digital, programmable Euro could also be beneficial to banks.

You can read the full report here

Round table sessions DBC, 2Tokens & DNB

On the 13th of July, DBC, DNB, 2Tokens and Dusk Network hosted a private roundtable session, to in particular discuss the benefits mentioned in point 4 above. DBC, Dusk Network and 2Tokens have, partly based on submissions for the round table, expressed their preference for a CBDC system including smart contracts with complex logic. Although the complexity of launching such a CBDC system is higher, there are many advantages that highlight the importance of such a system:

  • Explicit trust and cost transparency in code.
  • Direct cost savings by bringing securities and money into the same digital system.
  • Possibility of standardization.
  • Privacy and compliance by design. The opportunity to audit without storing unnecessary personal data.

The first meeting signified a successful dialogue. DBC, 2Tokens and Dusk Network will continue to investigate developments surrounding CBDC in the coming period, and look forward to further report on the topic in follow-up meetings.

Jelle Pol, founder and business director at Dusk Network, invites you to watch his first vlog on CBDC, where he shares more information about the topic, the roundtables and our involvement.

About Dusk Network

Dusk Network is a privacy blockchain for financial applications. You can use Dusk Network to create zero-knowledge smart contracts that control digital assets and securities.

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