CoinDesk Global Macro Editor Emily Parker joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the latest trends in terms of cryptocurrency being adopted by government central banks.
AKIKO FUJITA: Well, China has now released a pilot version of its digital Yuan wallet app for Android and iOS, as the country’s central bank moves aggressively to develop its own digital currency. The PBOC though, certainly not the only central bank that’s looking to roll out their CBDC.
Let’s bring in Emily Parker, CoinDesk global macro editor and CoinDesk TV anchor. Emily, I just threw in a lot of acronyms in there. But we’re talking about central bank digital currencies. And dozens of countries, I mean nearly 100, now working on this.
EMILY PARKER: Absolutely. So as you mentioned, China has grabbed a lot of the headlines for taking the lead in developing a central bank digital currency. But we’re seeing more and more countries getting involved. So I think, according to the Atlantic Council, which has a very cool CBDC tracker, there are something like 87 countries that are developing, or exploring rather, exploring a central bank digital currency.
And the latest, we’ve learned, is Mexico, which has announced that they plan to issue a CBDC within the next two years. So Mexico is joining other countries in the region, such as Peru and Brazil, who are actively exploring this. So this is something that’s going on all over the world.
And if we look at those 87 countries, again according to the Atlantic Council, that accounts for over 90% of global GDP, the countries that are exploring developing this central bank digital currency. So it’s definitely, definitely not just China.
ZACK GUZMAN: Yeah, although a lot of the attention has been on China, given kind of what’s going to play out at the Olympics and kind of the buildup to unveiling that one. And of course, there’s the big overhang and big question of whether or not anyone who’s actually crypto-savvy is going to want to use any of these, or if they might beat out other stablecoins in terms of being the rails that we see used in terms of large institutions.