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Financial Sector Policies

Selected Issues on Fintech and Digital Money

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Session No.: CE 22.32

Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Date: November 6-10, 2022 (1 week)

Primary Language: English

Interpretation Language: Arabic

    Target Audience

    Mid- to senior- level participants with experience in the following areas: financial regulation and supervision, financial stability, digital payments, technology, and monetary policy.

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    Qualifications

    Participants should have experience in regulation/oversight operations and/in one or more of the following areas: regulation and supervision, payments, legal, technology, monetary policy, and financial stability.

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    Course Description

    New technologies and fintech business models can lead to new challenges to financial stability when used at scale, or when utilized by regulated/unregulated financial/nonfinancial institutions. Fintech is technology enabled innovation in financial services. The use of technology in financial services has greatly increased over the past decade driven by Big Data, the availability of smartphones and greater processing power and storage. Fintech is delivered by smaller start-ups, BigTechs, or traditional financial institutions. It is being used across financial services to generate efficiencies and lower costs for firms, improve compliance (through RegTech) and helping regulatory authorities achieve their objectives (through SupTech).

    Digital money is a specific element of fintech that focuses on technology-driven innovation in the payments sector. The use of private digital money, such as e-money and some types of stablecoins, has been increasing in recent years, as mobile penetration has increased. Coupled with this, central banks have been exploring the possibility of issuing CBDC, a digital liability of the central bank available for both retail and wholesale transactions. Currently, more than a hundred central banks are researching and experimenting with CBDC issuance, and several pilots are ongoing.
    This course, presented by the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, aims to explore such developments and challenges, providing an overview of regulation of fintech and a framework for understanding public and private digital money.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Understand global fintech developments and regulatory responses;
    • Identify risks caused by different delivery channels: start-ups, BigTechs, or traditional financial institutions;
    • Understand key areas of fintech development including SupTech, RegTech, Crypto Assets and Blockchains;
    • Understand public and private digital money (such as CBDC, e-money, and stablecoins), macro-financial effects, risks, and policy implications; and
    • Identify key regulatory challenges in relation to fintech and digital money within their jurisdictions.
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