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IMF, World Bank annual meetings on economic development

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News Date: October 11, 2020

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank will hold their annual meetings, with both calling on the Group of 20 largest economies to extend a freeze in debt payments from the worlds poorest nations that is set to expire at year end.
The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) are going to kick off on Monday 12, and will remain in session till 18 October. The meetings come amid unprecedented conditions because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the severe impact it has had on the whole world.
The meetings are designed to bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.
IMF to revalue its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) - the world's reserve currency waiting in the wings.
Sources:www.bloomberg.com, ahram.org.eg, gesara.news

Ripple partner Nium takes on SWIFT

The new solution, which leverages Ripple's blockchain network Ripplenet, claims to lower settlement costs for Financial Institutions by up to 90% for international brokerage account transactions when compared to transactions settled via the SWIFT International Payments Network.
XRP powers NIUM's alternative to swift.
Nium has pointed to three major benefits of its global payments network and new brokerage solution: cost savings of up to 90%, improved customer satisfaction, and increased demand for new partnerships.
Source: financefeeds.com

Central bankers are losing the war on gold

The central bankers, Wall Street - the usual suspects - they are losing this war on gold as they have done in the 1960s, Middelkoop told the Keiser Report.
The year the author was referring to is when the London Gold Pool existed. The group was comprised of several central banks, which dumped their gold reserves to keep bullion price at $35 per troy ounce. Middelkoop says that now we can see the second London Gold Pool is failing.

Crypto-Currency Act of 2020

US Lawmaker Introduces Crypto-Currency Act of 2020 While Under Coronavirus Quarantine.
The bill clarifies which federal agencies regulate which type of crypto assets. It's crucial that America remains the global leader in cryptocurrency, the lawmaker said.
Source:congress.gov

Emergency Alert System reminder

The US Federal Communications Commission, Enforcement Bureau, Reminds EAS Participants of Compliance Obligations.
FCC issues enforcement advisory reminding Emergency Alert System participants of compliance obligations, including ensuring alerts are accessible to people with disabilities.
The storm is upon us. We are ready now!
Details: www.fcc.gov

Stellar reveals Financial Inclusion report

Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) released a whitepaper discussing the role of blockchain technology in facilitating financial inclusion.
The whitepaper underscores the significance of financial services access for global financial inclusion, particularly in developing economies.
Despite advancements in digital payments, cash remains prevalent in emerging economies. Many unbanked adults still receive government and private-sector payments in cash, impacting financial inclusion.
It emphasizes digital payments as a pivotal entry point to formal economic participation. Despite the persistence of cash usage, transitioning to digital payments can encourage broader use of financial services.
The paper delves into the hurdles of cross-border payments and highlights blockchain's potential to address these challenges. It showcases blockchain's role in enabling secure, cost-effective transactions.
Additionally, it presents various applications of blockchain, such as facilitating cash-to-digital asset conversions, safeguarding against currency devaluation, and supporting humanitarian aid distribution.
While recognizing blockchain's promise for financial inclusion, the document emphasizes the necessity of balancing innovation with consumer protection, privacy, and financial education to ensure the creation of inclusive and secure financial systems.
Full report: stellar.org

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