In this episode, Jamiel Sheikh and Tamara Schmidt give context about the CBDC manifesto, its roadmap from the idea to its publication, its target groups and supporters and of course: what it recommends. The process of creating an optimal retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) infrastructure is a particularly challenging one. With differing macroeconomic situations, changing consumer needs, and ever-evolving technology, central banks are confronted with a multitude of design approaches that may guarantee specific CBDC features at the cost of others, thus leading to trade-offs. Given the critical role of CBDC in the payments space and its potential impacts on other parts of the economy, five major CBDC design recommendations are presented which can be used as a roadmap by central banks in advanced economies.
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