Bloq, Chain, Goldman Sachs and NASDAQ share their thoughts with the Federal Reserve, World Bank and IMF
Washington, D.C., Monday, June 6, 2016 - The Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry, helped facilitate discussions at an event hosted by the Federal Reserve, World Bank, and IMF in Washington, DC on June 1 through 3, 2016. Central banks from over 90 countries participated at the event titled “Finance in Flux: The Technological Transformation of the Financial Sector.” The theme of this year’s conference was on blockchain and FinTech.
In her remarks, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Janet Yellen, addressed heightened concerns about cybersecurity. She also said that it’s undeniable that the global financial system has benefited from FinTech and encouraged central banks to do all they can to learn about financial innovations including bitcoin, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, delivered the keynote address in the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s Board Room. "Blockchain technology will provide central bankers, regulators and policy makers with new tools to enhance the safety, soundness and capabilities of the financial markets and payments systems globally. As participants on industry blockchain networks, regulators will gain real-time transparency to measure systemic leverage and monitor compliance. And as potential operators of networks for issuing central bank digital currencies, policy makers have the opportunity to forge a payments system that will enhance security, reduce settlement times and create new possibilities for monetary policy," said Ludwin.
Jeff Garzik, CEO of Bloq and Bitcoin Core Developer, outlined the innovative elements of blockchain technology, including trust shifting, decentralization, cryptography, immutability and others. “Some of the greatest potential benefits of blockchain technology are going to be first seen and actively leveraged in emerging nations,” said Garzik.
Perianne Boring, Founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, encouraged the Federal Reserve and central banks to focus on and embrace innovation in blockchain and distributed ledger technology. “We believe blockchain technologies are capable of providing the Fed and other regulators with next generation tools to fulfill their mission of monitoring the safety and soundness of the financial system more effectively,” said Boring.
The conversations with senior level directors of central banks from around the world were very encouraging and indicated a high level of interest in blockchain technology.