Board director of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) Thomas Moser mentioned that cryptocurrencies and blockchain expertise are too primitive to think about issuing a state-backed digital foreign money, native information outlet swissinfo.ch reported June 21.
Speaking on the Crypto Valley blockchain convention in Zug, Moser in contrast blockchain in its current situation with the “useless innovation” of compact discs (CDs):
“Something similar has to happen with bitcoin. People will only switch to something new if it works better or is cheaper.”
Moser, who was appointed to the board of Switzerland’s central bank in 2010, admitted that blockchain expertise has potential, however solely when it “looks very different from what it does today.” Given the present state of expertise, Moser can’t envision an “e-franc” anytime quickly.
At the identical convention, member of the Swiss Federal Council Johann N. Schneider-Ammann said that sometime blockchain will “penetrate our entire economy.” Schneider-Ammann acknowledged that the nation doesn’t know sufficient in regards to the potential dangers, including that increasing blockchain schooling is crucial.
Switzerland has been acknowledged as a cryptocurrency and blockchain-friendly nation, particularly due to the “Crypto Valley,” a middle of fintech, blockchain, and digital foreign money exercise situated within the canton of Zug. According to a examine by blockchain convention BlockShow Europe 2018, the nation was ranked number one in a listing of the highest European nations for launching a blockchain firm.
Last month, the Federal Council of the Government of Switzerland requested a report on the dangers and alternatives of introducing a government-backed digital foreign money. The concept to develop a nationwide cryptocurrency was proposed in February by Romeo Lacher, chairman of the Swiss inventory alternate SIX. He mentioned, “an e-franc under the control of the central bank would create a lot of synergies – so it would be good for the economy.”