- Adoption of new technologies would be a hope to democratise finance and broaden access to financial products and services.
- CBDC could aid the government policy more into increasing penetration of internet and mobile access.
IMF has said that the future of money is undoubtedly digital, but worries of how it would look like and impact on the money market raise concern.
In its recent Finance and Development report, the global lender says adoption of new technologies would be a hope to democratise finance and broaden access to financial products and services.
“The main goal is to achieve much cheaper, instantaneous domestic and cross-border payments. These gains could be especially great for people in developing countries,” the report reads.
In Kenya, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), is yet to be adopted as there ae questions on its effectiveness despite the country already having a real time payment system such as mobile money.
In an interview with the Star, the CEO of investment service firm Amana Reginald Kadzutu said the adoption of the CBDC should be considered as it has far reaching benefits in addressing the prevailing financial crisis.
“Despite the existing payment systems, CBDC would facilitate transaction through digitisation which would reduce the costs and will also reduce the cost of holding physical cash,” Kadzutu said.
He said the technology would also supplement and spur more innovate development in the tech space to provide low cost access to tech devices.
With almost similar nature to cryptocurrency, CBDC will be issued by the central bank and will be pegged on the value of the country's official currency.
Kadzutu further affirms that CBDC would not hinder the monetary policy because its issued by the central bank who is the controller unlike the crypto which makes the monetary policy useless.
“It will instead aid the government policy more into increasing penetration of internet and mobile access,” Kadzutu said.
Many countries are developing CBDCs, and some have even implemented them because many of them are researching ways to transition to regulated digital currencies amid the recent plunge in crypto assets that has left investors numbed by losses.
"Decentralised finance and crypto are not only here to stay but could also address real-world problems such as the energy crisis caused by inflation," IMF says.