G7 Presses for Global Crypto Action

Preoccupied though it was with Ukraine, the G7 ministerial communiqué advances and hones global work on digital assets.  Most notably, it calls on the FSB to advance and implement comprehensive cryptoasset regulation.  As recent FSB statements indicate, the Board is contemplating its options; this G7 directive may accelerate work into more concrete standards more quickly, stipulating like-kind rules for like-kind activities.  The communiqué also calls global disclosure standards on stablecoin reserve assets and “encourages” jurisdictions to explore CBDC’s “international dimensions.”

Global Regulators Press for Harmonized, DeFi Cross-Border Payments

The BIS and CPMI today issued to papers supporting their work to build out the cross-border payment system advocated by the FSB (see FSM Report PAYMENT23).  The first paper lays out an aspirational global rulebook designed to ensure that all transborder nodes are premised on common standards for finality, certainty, and the other criteria essential to sound payment-system operations.  The second paper takes the concept of legal uniformity into the new arena of decentralized finance, laying out where DeFi might be applicable to cross-border payments with a best-execution DeFi construct, an approach for inter-operability among central banks and private banks, a DeFi utilities for AML/KYC identification, and a small-payment platform.