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How could a digital Pound facilitate financial inclusion?
All around the world, governments are exploring the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) including the Bank of England examining the case for introducing a digital Pound in the UK. A number of perceived benefits of having a digital currency have been proposed, with a key element being the ability to facilitate greater financial inclusion.

But how should we define financial inclusion in this context - by universal access, by cost, or by efficiency - and is inclusion actually an inevitable byproduct of CBDCs? What are the challenges posed by financial inclusion - or the lack thereof - when it comes to adoption of CBDCs? What about digital inclusion, and its impact on CBDC inclusivity? How can central banks ensure that the design of a digital pound takes financial inclusion into account? And how might we all ultimately benefit?

Speakers:
Helen Disney, Director, The Realization Group (Moderator)
Richard Ells, Founder and CEO, Electroneum (Keynote)

Panel:
Sofie Blakstad, CEO and Founder, hiveonline
Dr Estelle Brack, Founder & Chairman, KiraliT
Susan Friedman, Head of Policy, Ripple & Chair, Digital Pound Foundation
Victoria Thompson, Founder, Orora & Ashurst Digital Economy Team, Counsel Consultant

May 19, 2022 04:00 PM in London

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