Davos 2024: CBDCs, liquidity and digital assets markets

Welcome to our rundown of the fourth day at Davos. We had another busy day filled with sessions and meetings. Below are the main themes and highlights for this penultimate day:

  • Our Co-Founder, Brian Gallagher, participated in a panel on cross-chain liquidity
  • Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) vs. Stablecoins
  • Cybersecurity priorities

Cross-chain liquidity is essential for the efficient functioning of digital assets and decentralized finance (DeFi) markets. Partisia Blockchain Co-Founder Brian Gallagher spoke about the necessity of multichain solutions, like our just-yesterday-released MOCCA (MPC On-Chain Custody Advanced) solution. This is a programmable, decentralized, multichain custody solution that makes custody of digital assets significantly easier. Here, as was discussed on the panel, it is important that users be able to bridge assets on their preferred blockchains, making blockchain agnostic products key. The panelists also discussed important topics like AML, regulation, and protocol interoperability. What stood out was that regulators worldwide are adapting to the realities of DeFi and revisiting existing legislations to facilitate the adoption of new class of assets.

CBDCs and stablecoins have been a key part of discussions around cryptocurrencies over the past year, both positive and negative. Yet, as many nations have already launched or are planning to roll out CBDC pilots and the world is entertaining cashless societies, how CBDCs and stablecoins can co-exist alongside one other to increase financial inclusion needs to be considered. The panel on these two items was sweeping, considering regulation, stability, trust, and even collaboration between stablecoins and CBDCs. A certain fact is that more central banks will pilot CBDCs in the coming years.

One of the threads throughout the World Economic Forum (WEF) has been trust, and related security. Today, we attended WEF’s session on navigating cybersecurity. Something particularly important is that, according to WEF, 43% of organizational leaders estimate that in the next two years they will experience a damaging cyber-attack. The sentiment in this session was that cybersecurity is a collective responsibility and blockchain technology has a greater role to play.

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