Bank of England Unveils CBDC Forum Members, Including Reps From Asos, Spotify and PayPal

Representatives from such firms as Asos, Spotify and PayPal have been named to the Bank of England’s forum for the exploration of a potential U.K central bank digital currency (CBDC).

The Bank of England announced the members of the engagement and technology forums on Wednesday. The engagement forum will explore the practicalities of designing, rolling out and operating a CBDC, while the technology forum will examine the technological challenges.Among the 26 members of the technology forum are Simon Brayshaw, head of technology for online fashion retailer Asos; Mark Shaw, directer of global payments strategy for music streaming provider Spotify; and James Whittle, director of standards and architecture for payments giant PayPal.Representatives from HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, Visa and Mastercard are all included on the engagement forum, as well as Anne Boden, founder and CEO of digital bank Starling, and Christian Catalini, chief economist for the Facebook-backed Diem Association.The formation of the two forums was announced in April to explore a potential U.K. CBDC that would exist alongside cash and bank deposits.Agendas and minutes of the forums’ meetings will be published regularly, the Bank of England has said. The technology forum’s inaugural meeting took place earlier this month, while the engagement forum is set to meet for the first time later in the year.

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