The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) has unveiled its plan to launch a new digital currency as part of its 2023-2026 strategy plan to become one of the world’s top 10 central banks.
In its announcement, the CBUAE said that its strategy includes seven objectives, including the issuance of the digital currency – known as CBDCs or Govcoins – and driving digital transformation in the UAE’s financial services sector by utilising the latest artificial intelligence and big data solutions.
The strategy will also see technology used across inspection, monitoring and insurance systems, in addition to utilising the UAE’s digital ID infrastructure (UAE Pass) to bolster financial inclusion and easy access to financial services.
The UAE and some of the other Gulf economies have talked about introducing digital currencies at some stage. By making it part of its 2023-26 roadmap, the UAE regulator has set a clear timeline.