The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates has unveiled its plan to launch a digital currency as part of its 2023-2026 strategy to become one of the world’s top 10 central banks.
▪ A growing number of central banks worldwide are working to launch central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) revealed Monday its plan to issue a state-backed digital currency within the next five years.
▪ The announcement was part of the central bank’s “2023-2026 strategy” to “position it among the world’s top 10 central banks.”
▪ There are seven objectives in total, according to Gulf News. Among them was “issuing a digital currency and driving digital transformation in the UAE’s financial services sector, by utilizing the latest artificial intelligence and big data solutions.”
▪ The UAE’s Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) published its decision on cryptocurrency regulation on Nov. 1, 2020, after consulting with the crypto industry and the public. The document describes the SCA’s licensing regime for anyone wanting to offer crypto-related services within the UAE. It covers initial coin offerings (ICOs), exchanges, marketplaces, crowdfunding platforms, and custodian services.
▪ Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index published last September ranked the UAE fifth in the Middle East.
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