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These nations express significant worry over their heavy dependence on remittances and the negative consequences of decreased correspondent banking connections.

The IMF underscores the potential benefits of digital currencies like stablecoins and CBDCs for improving financial inclusion and services in the Pacific Islands.

In a recent report published on March 25, the IMF explores how these digital currencies could positively impact the economies of these remote and scattered nations. The 58-page document, authored by senior economists at the IMF, highlights the significant hurdles faced by the Pacific Islands and stresses the importance of financial services in combating poverty and inequality.

Of particular concern is the heavy reliance on remittances and the adverse effects of dwindling correspondent banking relationships in these nations.

The IMF views digital currencies as a viable solution to enhance payment systems, expand financial inclusion, and tackle these banking challenges.
While the report favors CBDCs, which align with the IMF's preference, it acknowledges the significance of private stablecoins, particularly those backed by foreign currencies.
However, it cautions against smaller Pacific Island nations launching their own stablecoins due to potential regulatory oversight challenges.

The report specifically mentions Tether, a prominent private stablecoin, in this regard.
For countries with existing national currencies and robust banking systems, the report proposes a dual-structure CBDC model.

The IMF suggests a dual-structure CBDC model where the central bank issues the digital currency but delegates its operation to private entities. For nations without their own currencies, foreign currency-backed stablecoins are seen as viable, subject to stringent regulation.

While none of the Pacific Island countries currently use private cryptocurrencies or stablecoins officially, some, such as Fiji, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, are exploring CBDC adoption.

The IMF has been a vocal advocate for CBDC adoption globally. In November 2023, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva emphasized the importance of the public sector preparing for CBDC implementation. She suggested that CBDCs could serve as a secure and cost-effective alternative to private money, highlighting the IMF's support for digital currency initiatives to promote financial inclusion and resilience in isolated economies.

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