China Governor Indicates Smooth Flowing Digital Yuan Pilot Program

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Yi Gang
Yi Gang, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Yi Gang, governor of the People’s Bank of China, said a pilot program on the rollout of a digital currency in four cities has been smooth.

There have been more than 4 million transactions, totaling over 2 billion yuan ($299 million) in the digital currency so far, Yi said at the Hong Kong Fintech Week conference on Monday.

He also made the following comments:

  • Fintech companies have some key advantages over commercial banks, in terms of developing a customer base and managing risk
  • Access to financial services in remote areas has been boosted by new technologies, for example microloans and mobile payments
  • Growth in contactless banking during the virus pandemic has created challenges for central banks, which have to manage the convenience for consumers while ensuring their safety
  • Protecting consumers’ private information is a challenge

Yi was speaking on a virtual panel with Agustin Carstens, head of the Bank for International Settlements, and Klaas Knot, president of the Dutch central bank.