Bank of England governor Mark Carney has defended Facebook’s choice to create a new currency.
Canadian news outlet TheStar reported Carney’s remarks on Oct. 15, noting that he highlighted the shortcomings of the current traditional financial system. Because of the inefficiency of the payments, Carey thinks that firms like Facebook should be involved in projects like Libra.
The current payments industry is lacking
More precisely, he reportedly criticized the high costs of moving money, saying that they penalize small businesses and can cost firms as much as 200 basis points per transaction, besides being processed too slowly. Per the report he said in earlier today in London:
“That’s not good enough in this day and age. Those payments should be instantaneous, it should be the same as us exchanging a banknote online. It should be virtually costless and it should be 100 per cent resilient.”
Regulation is still a must
Carney admits that the problem can be solved in multiple ways, and notes that the challenge “is to bring online payments and other payments up to the standard that is found in a number of major emerging economies and a few advanced economies.” Still, he also warned companies wishing to try tackling this problem, noting that developments in the space will be deeply scrutinized by authorities. He said:
“In terms of how this will proceed or not going forward, this will not be like social media. This will not be a case where something gets up and starts running and the system tries to work out after the fact how it’s regulated. It’s either going to be regulated properly, overseen properly, or it’s not going to happen.”