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Virtual : Central Bank Digital Currency

December 13 - December 15

Target Audience

Mid- to senior-level officials working in the payment, legal, technology, monetary policy, and financial stability departments at the central bank and in positions with similar responsibilities.


Participants should have experience in the operations and/or oversight in one or more of the following areas: payments, legal, technology, monetary policy, and financial stability.

Course Description

This course, presented by the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department, aims to provide a framework for balancing pros and cons of CBDC issuance and guiding design options. This course focuses on the high-level CBDC decision-making and project management process. The course is designed to be interactive by using a combination of lectures, case studies/simulations, and panel discussions. Lectures focus on the CBDC decision-making process that should be viewed as dynamic and iterative with multiple feedback loops to gradually evaluate the relevance of CBDC. The self-assessment exercises are based on systematic procedures and cover use cases, pain points, requirements, solution, feasibility, proof of concepts, and pilots. Participants, after gaining a basic understanding of the decision-making process, apply them to a hypothetical country to understand thoroughly the problem to be solved and the full array of solutions. After the hands-on self-assessment experience, results are discussed through group presentations and de-briefings. (Note: The course may be subject to further changes to accommodate remote delivery).

Course Objectives

Discuss whether to issue retail CBDC and, if so, incorporate design features that support public policy objectives and ensure an efficient, resilient, and competitive payment system.

Language: English
Application process: Please apply online


Dec 13, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
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Application Deadline

Jul 16, 2021