The head of the nonprofit organization behind Facebook’s Libra digital currency has said that the company is committed to launching it and clearing all regulatory hurdles.
Perez: “We don’t want to be like BlackRock”
In an interview with Les Echos – a French news magazine on September 12, Bertrand Perez, director general of the Libra Association, said the token should appear in the second half of 2020.
Before that, France’s economy and finance minister said the country would refuse to allow Libra to operate within its borders.
As Cointelegraph reported, concerns over financial stability fuelled the resentment, with Bruno Le Maire appearing to wish to shape a hostile European Union policy towards Libra.
According to Perez, Facebook does not wish to create new supplies of money via the token. He drew comparisons to BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, saying the social media giant did not want to compete in that market.
Facebook will resolve goverment’ s worries
Perez likewise confirmed Libra, upon launch, would be tied to a selection of major world currencies, but notably not the Chinese yuan.
As Cointelegraph previously noted, Beijing is putting the finishing touches to its own digital currency, with central bank officials already voicing direct worries of their own about Libra’s backing.
France meanwhile has pledged not to tax crypto-to-crypto transactions, highlighting its potentially permissive stance towards the phenomenon.
Nonetheless, Perez is confident that all the regulatory difficulties could be solved by the launch. “The year we’ve taken prior to release will allow us to iron out all the problems,” he added.
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