What Should be the Institutional Framework for Digital Currencies? Private Sector and Central Banks Perspectives

Washington D.C, USA

October 17, 2019



The roundtable aim was to offer a new forum during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, combining economics and new financial technologies to help shape public and public policy perceptions of the digital transformation in payments and finance. We were able to bring together representatives from the official, private and academic sectors to debate the benefits and risks of the emergence of digital currencies and support working towards establishing an effective institutional framework to accommodate new payment media.




  • Adolfo SARMIENTO: Manager of Economic Policy & Markets, Central Bank of Uruguay
  • Angela WALCH: Professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law; Research Fellow at the Capital Markets Department, IMF Centre for Blockchain Technologies, University College London
  • Harold JAMES: Professor of Economics, Princeton University
  • Jihad ALWAZIR: Assistant Director, Central Banking Operations Division, Monetary and
  • John VELISSARIOS: Global Blockchain Technology Lead, Accenture
  • Marc UZAN: Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee
  • Nouriel ROUBINI: CEO, Roubini Macro Associates
  • Ousmène MANDENG: Advisor, Accenture
  • Rodrigo CUBERO: President, Central Bank of Costa Rica
  • Santiago FERNANDEZ DE LIS: Head of Regulation and Internal Control, BBVA
  • Stijn CLAESSENS: Director of Financial Stability, BIS
  • Yves MERSCH: Member of the Executive Board, ECB

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