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埃及央行围绕数字货币进行“可行性研究”

据当地英语新闻媒体Amwal Al Ghad 12月16日报道,埃及中央银行计划推出数字版本的埃及镑,以降低成本。

埃及中央银行(CBE)副行长Ayman Hussein周日在阿布扎比的会议上表示,针对数字货币发行的“可行性研究”目前正在进行中。

Amwal Al Ghad报道,与邻近的各个当局一样,埃及相信与硬币和纸币相比,其基于区块链的数字版本的法定货币可以帮助将发行和交易的成本降至最低。

此举是埃及迈向无现金社会之路的重要一步。

Amwal Al Ghad报道称,一些国际机构也参与了这项研究,Hussein没有透露具体的机构名称,也没有说明预期的货币是仅在银行交易,还是在银行与客户之间交易。

埃及传统上对比特币(BTC)这样的去中心化加密货币一直采取高风险规避态度,尤其是自2017年8月埃及第一家加密货币交易所设立以来。

据《埃及独立报》报道,当时CBE回应说,国内没有允许此类活动的立法或法律来监管。截至发稿时,在网上也找不到埃及比特币交易所。

今年1月,埃及大主教加入了反加密货币的立场,宣布伊斯兰禁止比特币交易,而一名顾问随后告诉当地媒体今日埃及,称比特币会被“直接用于资助恐怖分子”。

 

The central bank of Egypt wants to introduce a digital version of the Egyptian pound to reduce costs, local English language news outlet Amwal Al Ghad reported Dec. 16.

Ayman Hussein, sub-governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), told an Abu Dhabi conference on Sunday that “feasibility studies” were currently ongoing.

In line with various authorities in the vicinity, Egypt believes a blockchain-based digital version of its fiat currency can help keep issuance and transaction costs to a minimum compared to coins and banknotes, Amwal Al Ghad notes.

The move is one step in the journey to a cashless society.

“A number of international institutions” are involved in the studies, Amwal Al Ghad reported Hussein as saying, “without disclosing names or specifying whether the anticipated currency would be traded for banks only or between banks and clients.”

Egypt has traditionally taken a highly risk-averse stance to decentralized cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), stepping up its public rhetoric since the country’s first crypto exchange launched in August 2017.

At the time, CBE reacted saying there was no “legislation or law” in force “allowing” such activities to take place, the Egypt Independent reported. The exchange, Bitcoin Egypt, was not able to be found online today at press time.

In January this year, the country’s top cleric meanwhile added to the anti-crypto stance, declaring Bitcoin trading forbidden in Islam, while an advisor subsequently told local daily Egypt Today that Bitcoin is “used directly to fund terrorists.”

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