Crypto & CBDC: Fueling decentralized growth

  • September 17, 2021
  • Jennifer Moore
Crypto & CBDC: Fueling decentralized growth

A global rush among central banks towards CBDC development and subsequent issuing is evident. The Chinese Digital Yuan launch became a catalyst to this endeavor. Decentralization is sure to have a wider societal impact. However, its actual merits can only be realized by allowing private players to coexist.

Decentralization And The Global CBDC Rush

PayBitoPro CEO Raj Chowdhury explains, “Digitizing the sovereign currency is sure to redress a series of national economic challenges, and advantage individual citizens solving practical problems. However, true benefits of decentralization may only be achieved when both the CBDC and private cryptocurrency are allowed to flourish. This implies that the right balance of both the public and private cryptocurrencies will result in the desired outcome befitting a decentralized global economy.”

Also Read: Central Bank of Brazil considers Digital Real to Keep up With The Digitization of The Global Economy 

Recent CBDC Developments

“CBDC rests on a value or a token-oriented approach. Tokenization unleashes a new format for currencies, securities, and other assets as digital bearer instruments. They allow transferability of value akin to sending a text and comprehensive programmability,” Chowdhury mentioned via mail.

He further states, “Theoretically, CBDC  tokens represent the most efficient and secure approach in managing broader access to central bank money. They accomplish additional functionalities including native instant and atomic exchanges to eliminate any open positions in foreign exchange trading.”

Surveys indicate that 86 in 100 central government banks throughout the globe are in research with central bank digital currency. The rest are running pilot projects. The Reserve Bank of India(RBI) declared the release of the Digital Rupee by December 2021.

Also Read: Forex and CBDC: Exploring the Empowering Partnership

Private Cryptocurrency

The main challenge of a central bank digital currency lies in international transactions. Operational costs may rise due to government regulations. These issues are not valid for private cryptocurrency. As per global blockchain development frontrunner HashCash Consultants, interoperability is crucial in CBDC. 

“While the CBDC aims to resolve a wide array of in-land issues, their use in cross-border transactions may still involve a series of regulations and implicit expenses,” quipped Chowdhury. 

He also mentioned, “This is yet to be tested in practice. Private cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin have, on the other hand, demonstrated proof-of-work in settling cross-border payments.” 

Balance is Necessary

Chowdhury concludes, “The true benefits of decentralization are by allowing both CBDC and private digital currencies to thrive.” 

Advocating for the use of CBDC while imposing restrictions on private cryptocurrency may be detrimental to national and international economies. Restrictions and excessive taxations on private crypto may simply pull the economy back to ground zero- resulting in a “decentralization”.


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