Please join Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center on February 9th at 9 AM ET for the launch of the International Monetary Fund’s new Fintech paper “Central Bank Digital Currency Behind the Scenes: Emerging Trends, Insights, and Policy Lessons.” The event will have keynote remarks by the Managing Director of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva, followed by a high-level panel discussion on the new research.

There will be opening remarks by Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council. The keynote conversation will feature Mu Changchun, Director-General, Digital Currency Institute, People’s Bank of China, Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director, IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, Gabriela Guibourg, Head of Analysis and Policy, Swedish Riksbank, and senior representatives from several of the central banks featured. Alice Fulwood, Finance Correspondent, The Economist, will moderate the discussion. Josh Lipsky, Director of the Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center, will provide closing remarks.

In January, the GeoEconomics Center published a major update to our flagship CBDC Tracker, showcasing CBDC development in 91 countries, representing 90% of global GDP. The IMF’s new paper spotlights CBDC developments in the Bahamas, Canada, China, the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, Sweden, and Uruguay, and identifies the key lessons learned.

Welcome remarks

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Keynote remarks

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director
International Monetary Fund


Mu Changchun
Director-General, Digital Currency Institute
People’s Bank of China

Tobias Adrian
Financial Counsellor and Director, Monetary and Capital Markets Department
International Monetary Fund

Gabriela Guibourg
Head of Analysis and Policy, Payments Department 
Swedish Riksbank


Alice Fulwood
Finance Correspondent
The Economist

Closing remarks

Josh Lipsky
Director, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

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