64.5% of 35 694 respondents voted for the “No” option. Comments on the survey were mainly left by supporters of cryptocurrencies, and some users stated that government cryptocurrencies are a scam.
“While central banks are exploring the possibility of developing a digital currency, many of them may not be allowed to do so in accordance with their own bylaws,” the IMF said.
IMF says only 40 countries have laws on the issuance of digital currencies
The regulator added that 61% of the world’s central banks are allowed to issue only “physical” money. However, only 40 countries have laws on the issuance of digital currencies, while the regulatory context of such initiatives is “unclear” in 27 countries.
Earlier this month, the regulator noted that citizens should have easy access to financial services, and in the case of digital currencies, funds such as mobile phones, laptops, and the Internet are needed. Since the ownership of these devices cannot be imposed by the government, issuing digital currency becomes a major legal challenge.
Another issue is that issuing government cryptocurrencies could mean that the country’s citizens must have bank accounts with central banks. Add to this the problems of taxation, legislation, and payment systems, the issuance of state cryptocurrency will become a “complex legal problem.”
Note that China has advanced the farthest in the development of the state cryptocurrency at the moment. The Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), a state-owned Chinese bank, began testing its national digital currency at ATMs in Shenzhen this month.
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