How could a digital Pound facilitate financial inclusion?

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Date: 19 May 2022
Time: 4:00-5:00pm BST
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All around the world, governments are exploring the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) including the Bank of England examining the case for introducing a digital Pound in the UK. A number of perceived benefits of having a digital currency have been proposed, with a key element being the ability to facilitate greater financial inclusion.

But how should we define financial inclusion in this context – by universal access, by cost, or by efficiency – and is inclusion actually an inevitable byproduct of CBDCs? What are the challenges posed by financial inclusion – or the lack thereof – when it comes to adoption of CBDCs? What about digital inclusion, and its impact on CBDC inclusivity? How can central banks ensure that the design of a digital pound takes financial inclusion into account? And how might we all ultimately benefit?

Speakers & Panellists

Helen Disney

Helen Disney

Director, The Realization Group

Moderator

Headshot of Richard Ells, Founder & CEO at Electroneum

Richard Ells

Founder & CEO, Electroneum

Keynote Speaker

Headshot of Susan Friedman, Head of Policy at Ripple

Susan Friedman

Head of Policy, Ripple

Panellist

Dr Estelle Brack

Founder & Chairman, KiraliT

Panellist

Sofie Blakstad

CEO and Founder, hiveonline

Panellist

Victoria Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at Orora

Victoria Thompson

Founder, Orora

Panellist

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