G7 Finance Chiefs Support Calls for Crypto Regulations

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In Brief
  • G7 finance chiefs have sounded the call for crypto regulations.

  • G7 nations are wary of private stablecoins.

  • No stablecoin project will be allowed in the G7 without regulatory approval.

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Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the G7 nations are reportedly unanimous in their call for robust crypto regulations.

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From keeping up with China’s digital yuan efforts to maintaining monetary policy control capabilities, the mainstream financial architecture across these nations presumably has a lot at stake as the emerging digital landscape takes shape.

G7 Nations Pursuing Crypto Regulations

The US Treasury Department revealed the news via a readout published on its website on Dec. 7. According to the press statement, finance chiefs across the G7 agree that there is a need to regulate digital currencies.

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This consensus was part of a meeting of the G7 finance chiefs along with the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and the World Bank. The Eurogroup as well as the European Commission were also part of the discussions.

Chaired by US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, the participants also affirmed their support for the recommendations issued in a G7 joint statement on crypto and digital payments back in October. At the time, the G7 mandated that no stablecoin project should be greenlit unless the relevant regulatory provisions were satisfied.

As part of the joint statement, G7 finance leaders also pledged their commitment to working together to analyze the risks inherent in digital payment systems.

War Against Private Stablecoins

Indeed, private stablecoin projects appear to be of major concern to mainstream financial establishments. Back in April, the FSB sounded calls for a coordinated approach to stablecoin regulations across the G20 bloc.

The FSB argued that the absence of such a streamlined approach would allow for the emergence of regulatory arbitrage zones that criminal elements could exploit.

As previously reported by BeInCrypto, Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) recently warned that private stablecoins posed greater threats than Bitcoin. The ECB is currently studying modalities for the creation of a digital euro.

In 2021, the UK will take over the Presidency of the G7. Already, authorities in the country say stablecoins and central bank digital currency (CBDC) regulations are the main thrust of its fintech agenda post-Brexit.

Meanwhile, in the US, a bill was recently brought before Congress that would see stablecoins fall under banking regulations. The news caused quite a stir within the crypto space with many proponents criticizing the merits of the proposed legislation.

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Osato is a reporter at BeInCrypto and Bitcoin believer based in Lagos, Nigeria. When not immersed in the daily happenings in the crypto scene, he can be found watching historical documentaries or trying to beat his Scrabble high score.

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