Report: IMF Warns Kenyan Central Bank Against Introducing a CBDC That Harms Fintechs and Banks

The global lending institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told the Kenyan central bank that its proposed digital shilling must “do no harm” to existing private sector digital money. The lender insisted the proposed central bank digital currency (CBDC) must “not stifle such welcome digitalisation developments by taking away customers of banks and other digital finance providers.”


Besides posing a threat to fintechs, the CBK’s proposed digital shilling also poses a threat to banks which have also made “remarkable progress in developing digital solutions.” According to the IMF, the CBK’s digital shilling paper must make clear that the proposed digital currency will “do no harm.” It must “not stifle such welcome digitalisation developments by taking away customers of banks and other digital finance providers.”

The IMF also argued that the digital shilling must also not result in the increased cost of financing for banks, or deny “banks of valuable information they obtain through establishing customer relations.”

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