Ripple’s James Wallis underscores CBDCs’ role in breaking financial barriers

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James Wallis, Ripple’s vice president for central bank engagements and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), has highlighted the role of CBDCs in advancing global financial inclusion in a brief video. Wallis clarifies that financial inclusion aims to extend financial services to individuals worldwide, especially those with low incomes and no ties to financial institutions.

Wallis pinpointed key factors behind financial exclusion, including low incomes and a lack of existing ties with financial institutions, leading to the absence of a credit history. In regions with financial exclusion, banks are often commercial entities driven by shareholder interests, posing challenges in serving individuals with limited resources, as generating profits from such a demographic is difficult.

Wallis contended that CBDCs provide a cost-effective solution by enabling financial services at a significantly lower cost than traditional methods. CBDCs offer streamlined payment options and chances to establish credit, even without previous ties to financial institutions, he said.

This enables individuals to build credit histories, acquire borrowing capabilities and stimulate the growth of their businesses. Wallis concluded that CBDCs represent a transformative innovation addressing global challenges in financial inclusion.

Ripple is working in partnership with more than 20 central banks globally on CBDC initiatives and has taken on the role of technology partner for the second phase of Georgia’s digital lari project. Additionally, Ripple is actively engaged in CBDC collaborations in Bhutan, Palau, Montenegro, Colombia and Hong Kong.

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Ripple is in an ongoing legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In July, Ripple received recognition from Currency Research for its contributions to digital currency advancement and best sustainability initiative, particularly for fostering innovation in CBDCs.

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