A recent meeting was held in Niigata, Japan, by G7 committee members. The members gathered to talk about, among other things, the legal and financial repercussions of CBDCs and digital asset transfers. In a statement that summarized the deliberations, the committee emphasized its support for the creation of CBDCs, with the proviso that more research was required to make sure they were based on openness, data protection, cybersecurity and good economic governance.
In the statement, the committee expressed appreciation for the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) efforts to create a CBDC Handbook and expressed anticipation for the first batch of deliverables to be released by the 2023 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings, which are scheduled to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, on October 15, 2023.
Members of the committee also talked about the contentious Travel Rule, which mandates that any financial body processing crypto transactions worth more than $3,000 must provide the sender’s identity, address and account details. The communiqué clearly stated the committee’s position: “We welcome the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) activities to hasten the adoption of the ‘travel rule’ and other virtual asset standards around the world as well as its research on new dangers, such as those posed by peer-to-peer transactions and DeFi arrangements.”
The G7 consists of delegates from Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States, with the European Union participating as an unlisted member.
Among the member states, Japan already has crypto regulations, while Canada classifies crypto assets as securities. A specific area for cryptocurrency assets has been added to UK tax forms, and work is still being done to create a digital pound, all signs that the UK is gradually developing its crypto framework.
The EU’s MiCA regulation is scheduled to take effect in 2024, and the U.S. presently applies existing banking regulations to cryptocurrencies. However, observers believe policymakers may soon adopt a specific framework for regulating cryptocurrencies.
The committee meeting takes place before the yearly G7 summit, which will be held May 19–21, 2023, in Hiroshima.
While it is still uncertain whether U.S. President Joe Biden will be in attendance, given the looming debt ceiling issue that is creating a standstill in Congress, the Financial Times writes that the United States wants its rich nation allies to put further economic pressure on China during the meeting.
It’s interesting to note that whereas Russia earned 18 mentions and Ukraine received 17 in the statement after the Niigata conference, China wasn’t the subject of any remarks.
It is now apparent that there are transnational efforts to coordinate the regulation of cryptos. This should come as good news to industry actors such as Coinbase Global Inc. (NASDAQ: COIN) since such uniformity in regulations can enable them to make their strategic plans with confidence given the certainty of the laws under which they will be operating.
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