The topic of central bank digital currencies or CBDCs has been in discussion by regulators for a long time with many nations developing their own versions of it. Whatever remaining qualms the rest of the banking industry may have had about CBDCs seems to have changed after the latest approval by the Bank of International Settlements [BIS]. The document was the clearest signal yet from central banks that they are ready to fight any effort to undermine their key role in the global financial system.
Considered the central bank to all other banks, the BIS stated that if CBDC technology was not adopted by the banking world it would be left in the lurch by alternatives. The CBDC mentioned its latest directive in a list of recommendations released on June 23. According to the BIS, if banks remained stoic on their stance on the nascent technology, it would be overtaken by the Big Tech such as Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet.
The release also included comments from BIS official Benoit Coeure who said:
“The train has left the station. It is not that we are getting carried away, we are just looking around. That [Big Tech overtake] is a place where you don’t want to be, where governments don’t want to be. The new trade wards are technology wars.”