WASHINGTON/BERLIN: Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven (G7) superior economies strongly supported the necessity to regulate digital currencies, the U.S. Treasury Department stated in a press release on Monday after a digital assembly of the officers.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz issued a sharply worded assertion after the assembly, underscoring his considerations about authorizing the launch of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency – newly renamed Diem – in Germany and Europe.
“A wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf,” he stated. “It is clear to me that Germany and Europe cannot and will not accept its entry into the market while the regulatory risks are not adequately addressed.”
He added: “We must do everything possible to make sure the currency monopoly remains in the hands of states.”
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hosted the 12th assembly of the G7 finance officers this yr associated to the COVID-19 pandemic as Washington prepares handy over the presidency of the G7 to Britain subsequent month.
The G7 finance officers mentioned ongoing responses to “the evolving landscape of crypto assets and other digital assets and national authorities’ work to prevent their use for malign purposes and illicit activities,” Treasury stated.
“There is strong support across the G7 on the need to regulate digital currencies,” the assertion stated.
The G7 officers reiterated their assist for a G7 joint assertion on digital cost in October, which stated digital funds may enhance entry to monetary providers and minimize inefficiencies and prices, however must be “appropriately supervised and regulated.”
Stablecoins are tied to a conventional foreign money or basket of belongings, and used for funds or for storing worth.
Facebook introduced plans in June to launch its digital foreign money however regulators around the globe concern it may destabilise the worldwide monetary system.