By hiring Stuart Levey the Facebook-founded Libra Association is announcing that compliance—with central bankers, financial regulators, tax authorities, and criminal and intelligence investigators—will be a prime driver as it moves forward.
The Bank for International Settlements, a consortium of banks based in Basel, Switzerland, polled 66 central banks last year. The results? One fifth of the world's population will use central bank digital currencies by 2023. CBDCs are a new type of digital money. They can be used for interbank settlements or as a type of general purpose “digital cash,” meant as a stand in for regular bank notes.
Banque de France Governor François Villeroy de Galhau is planning to test a central bank-issued digital currency by 2020 to do it. Along the way, he’s making a play for French leadership of the European economy.
Flights of rhetoric surrounding Facebook’s Libra stablecoin and other digital currencies has reached impressive heights at times. But former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo took it beyond the stratosphere in an October 15 editorial, comparing the launch of an American central bank-backed digital currency to the Apollo 11 mission.