Future of money will be public-private effort, says ex-CFTC chairman


The public and private sectors should work closely together to bring about the future of money, according to a former leader of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Chris Giancarlo, a former CFTC chairman and initiator of a blockchain-based digital dollar project, joined the Singapore Fintech Festival 2020 to discuss the future of stablecoins and central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs.

At a Tuesday panel called “Will CBDCs disrupt stablecoins?,” Giancarlo declared that the future of money depends on close government collaboration with the private sector. Addressing Iliana Oris Valiente’s question on the potential coexistence of the emerging rise of CBDCs and stablecoins in the future, Giancarlo pointed out that money is a social and governmental construct:

“When it comes to money, money is not exclusively a government construct. Never has been. Money has been as much a social construct. […] And it should be no surprise to anyone here that the exploration of digital money is taking place as much, and probably more, in the private sector than it’s taking place in the official sector.”

The ex-CFTC chairman went on to say that the government’s collaboration with the private sector on digital money is ultimately a healthy approach. “What really needs to be done, if anything, is that the public sector and private sector should work more closely together. They cannot take place in separate silos. There needs to be much more crossover,” he noted.

Giancarlo compared the future of monetary development with the exploration of space and the development of the internet,…



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