World Bank Group Chief Says Blockchain Has ‘Huge Potential’ After Bond Success
The president of the World Bank has said Blockchain holds “huge potential” and that “embracing technology” is essential to it meeting its aims.
Kim: World Bank ‘Not Keeping Up’
Speaking at the joint annual meetings event with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim mentioned both cryptocurrency and distributed-ledger technology (DLT) within the context of Blockchain.
“We at the World Bank Group have had to admit that we’re not keeping up with the latest developments and we’re not doing it in a way that would help our clients take advantage of the great things that are coming out,” he told the audience filmed by CNBC.
The Group includes the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), together commonly referred to as the ‘World Bank,’ in addition to other organizations.
Kim has overseen the giant structure embrace Blockchain technology in a hands-on manner, launching the world’s first Blockchain bond this year in August .
“[…] It reduced paperwork and reduced our cost, and we think that’s something that could be extremely helpful in the future,” he continued.
Leveraging Innovation Is Bank’s ‘Responsibility’
Speaking about the future capabilities of the technology, Kim highlighted fighting corruption and improving financial inclusion worldwide.
Such innovations, he said, could “help us leapfrog generations of bad practice” which would otherwise “take forever in terms of reducing corruption.”
As Bitcoinist has reported, structures including the IMF have come out hawkish on cryptocurrencies themselves, voicing official concerns about their potential impact on global economic stability.
This week, international regulatory body the Financial Security Board (FSB) repeated those concerns in a report of its own.
The World Bank has traditionally kept out of that debate, while Kim appeared unfazed by such concerns, despite not attributing any Blockchain “potential” to cryptoassets.
“[…] We interact with so many countries that do not have a Silicon Valley,” he concluded. “It is absolutely our responsibility to keep up with the changes.”
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