The emergence of digital currencies has been driven by a combination of factors: frontier technologies and their use in payments innovation, increasingly global networks and communities, and a growing recognition that transition to a digital economy will require new forms of digital money.
The Digital Pound Foundation has recently been launched as an independent, non-profit organisation to work with a variety of stakeholders and participants towards the implementation of a well-designed Digital Pound. Recognising that both public and private sector have a role to play in the new digital money landscape, the Foundation's remit will also include advocacy for an inclusive, well-regulated, secure and transparent ecosystem that encompasses both CBDC and privately-issued forms of digital money.
In this special launch event, we will formally introduce the Foundation and some of its members, look at why Britain might need a digital pound and examine some of the key benefits and practical examples of how it could be used.
3.00 - 3.05pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Helen Disney, Director, The Realization Group and Jeremy Wilson, Chairman, Digital Pound Foundation
3.05 - 3.15pm
Will Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England - Does the UK need a digital pound? A perspective from the Bank of England
3.15 - 3.40pm
Roundtable discussion - Why does the UK need a digital currency?
Jeremy Wilson, Chairman, Digital Pound Foundation
Jannah Patchay, Markets Evolution and Originating Member, Digital Pound Foundation
Will Lovell, Head of Future Technology, Bank of England
3.40 - 4.20pm
Member and partner presentations
4.20 - 4.30pm
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