Demystifying Cryptocurrency and Digital Cash in the Caribbean
Demystifying digital money and cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin becomes legal tender in El Salvador. Bahamas launches the Sand Dollar as the world’s first Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The market cap of stable coins surpasses 150 billion US Dollars. A multitude of new payment methods is flooding the market and plunges users into confusion, since they are very different in terms of usage, technology, monetary policy and governance.
What exactly are these differences? What distinguishes these new “currencies” from existing e-money? What are the opportunities and risks of their introduction? Which existing obstacles in the financial system do they tackle? Will they enhance financial inclusion of SMEs and citizens in the Caribbean? Can they help to foster the Caribbean Single Market and Economy? Will they enhance financial inclusion of SMEs and citizens in the Caribbean? Why care?
It is estimated that by 2030 the global fintech market will be worth 700 billion US dollars. For the Caribbean with its multitude of innovative companies in this sector, this represents tremendous opportunities for wealth creation. Furthermore, the whole region can benefit economically if it succeeds in lowering existing non-tariff barriers in regional trade caused by the financial system as it is.
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union with the support of CaribCoin and Abed Ventures will host a webinar to demystify digital money and cryptocurrencies and explore the opportunities and challenges for the region. The webinar will be open to the public but will specifically focus on key stakeholders such as central banks, economic policy makers, financial institutions, technologists, entrepreneurs and academia.
The key areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
- Theme 1: AWARENESSS – This theme will explain the new world of “currencies” from a conceptual, technical and economic perspective. Key terms such as Central Bank Digital Currencies, crypto-currencies, e-money and others will be explored together with the deficits of the existing financial system with the goal to reach a common understanding.
- Theme 2: OPPORTUNITIES, RISKS AND CHALLENGES – This theme will examine the economic and social opportunities for different stakeholders including governments and the private sector.
The webinar will enable discussion that will assist in the formulation of policy, legal and regulatory issues for consideration. This will allow the relevant stakeholders to advance regional initiatives and make the necessary policy interventions in the interest of ensuring the Caribbean is poised to provide global leadership in this emerging technological space.
- Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)
- Abed Solutions
Venue and Date
- Friday 3rd June, 2022 – 10.00 – 11.30 AM AST
- Virtual Meeting Platform
- Policymakers in government (economy, finance, technology, diplomacy)
- Technical Community
- ICT and Financial Services Regulators
- Central Banks and Financial Sector
- Business Community
- Civil Society/Public
|FRIDAY 3RD JUNE 2022|
|Theme 1: Overview of crypto and digital currencies
Explaining the new world of “currencies” from a conceptual, technical and economic perspective. Key terms, such as Central Bank Digital Currencies, crypto-currencies, e-money and others, will be explored together with the limitations of the existing financial system, with the goal of reaching a common understanding
|10:00 – 10:05 am||Welcome||Mr. Rodney Taylor
|10:05 – 10:20 am||Presentation||Dr. Jan Schröder
|10:20 – 10:35 a.m||Interactive Q&A||Moderator: Amit Uttamchandani|
|Theme 2: Economic Opportunities, Risks and Challenges
Examining the economic and social opportunities for different stakeholders including governments and the private sector
|10:35 – 11:15 a.m||Panel Discussion:||Moderator: Amit Uttamchandani
Technology and Business Professional, Barbados
|Presentation||Hon. Ryan R. Straughn, M.P.
Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Government of Barbados
|Presentation||Ms. Sharmyn Powell
Chair, FinTech Group,
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
St. Kitts and Nevis
|Presentation||Ms. Marla Dukharan
Caribbean Economist, Barbados
|Presentation||Ms. Vashti Maharaj
Adviser, Digital Trade Policy at Trade Oceans
and Natural Resources Directorate,
|11:15 – 11:30 a.m.||Interactive open Q&A and End of Webinar||Moderator: Amit Uttamchandani
Technology and Business Professional, Barbados
|Dr. Jan Schröder||Digital payment means: An overview & proposal for the Caribbean|
|Vashti Maharaj||The Role of Cryptocurrency and Digital Cash in Building the Digital Economy|
|DIGITAL CURRENCIES CAN PROVIDE VIABLE PAYMENT ALTERNATIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND THE UNBANKED|