Since the launch of Central Bank Payments News in 2018—when exploration into CBDCs was nascent, cross-border was increasingly coming into the crosshairs, and fintech still had to be defined as a portmanteau of “financial” and “technology”—we’ve closely followed developments in payments from a central bank perspective.
Now that innovation is mainstream for central banks, we’re seeing an explosion of regulators working on creative solutions to solve common issues for businesses and consumers—and we’re seeing more and more partnerships between the once-siloed central banks and players in the private sector. Industry collaboration is now the norm, as evidenced in the news and contributions featured in the pages of this issue, our very first collaborative volume.
To celebrate our first special edition, we've made this issue publicly available. You can access it here.
We’re pleased to present this special edition of CBPN, featuring a supplement curated in close partnership with Payments Canada to complement The SUMMIT 2021, a weeklong virtual event that aims to support transformational change in the payments ecosystem. This year’s agenda reflects the incredible pace of change we’ve seen in the payments industry over the past year, partly due to the pandemic but also owing to the sheer scale of digital transformation already underway in the sector.
You don’t have to be Canadian (like me) to appreciate the international relevance of the topics highlighted at The SUMMIT and featured by our contributors in this issue. Along with a fantastic contribution from the Bank of Canada’s Scott Hendry on the exploration of a digital Canadian dollar, in this issue we hear from a number of national and global players you’ll recognise including Deloitte, Expertus, Finastra, Mastercard, Moneris, SWIFT, Visa, and Consult Hyperion’s Dave Birch.
To our valued CBPN subscribers, we hope you enjoy our first special edition! And to the attendees of The SUMMIT, we wish you a great week ahead.
Editor in Chief
Central Bank Payments News