According to the fund, this step will not allow countries to gain advantages related to digital assets

​IMF calls crypto ban not “the best” approach to risk mitigation

23.06.2023 - 13:00


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The IMF recommended that countries focus on addressing the drivers of crypto demand and unmet digital payment needs.

Banning crypto may not be the best way of mitigating the associated risks, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, just months after suggesting that approach as an option, because it would also prevent countries gaining the associated benefits.

"While a few countries have completely banned crypto assets given their risks, this approach may not be effective in the long run," The IMF said in a website post about interest in central bank digital currency (CBDC) adoption in Latin America and the Caribbean. "The region should instead focus on addressing the drivers of crypto demand, including citizens’ unmet digital payment needs, and on improving transparency, by recording crypto asset transactions in national statistics."

Latin American countries like Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador in 2022 were among the top 20 for global adoption of crypto assets, the IMF said. Yet Argentina banned crypto use in May that year.

Worldwide, many countries are exploring central bank digital currencies, or digital representations of their local currencies issued by their central bank. The Bahamas and Nigeria have already issued a CBDC while the European Union's draft law on the digital euro is on track to be released this month.

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