March 27, 2024
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IMF Offers Guidance to Andorra on Recording Bitcoin Transactions

To improve its balance of payments data, Andorra asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for technical support in tracking Bitcoin transactions. In September 2023, the IMF visited the Principality of Andorra on a technical assistance (TA) mission, where it addressed a number of issues facing the landlocked nation.

The IMF’s mission in Andorra aimed at bolstering the country’s balance of payments statistics, crucial for monitoring economic transactions between residents and non-residents. Among the 56 topics of concern raised by Andorra, one key issue was its inability to effectively record cryptocurrency transactions.

According to the IMF report, the mission elucidated the current guidelines on recording Bitcoin-type crypto assets and anticipated changes in upcoming international standards. However, Andorra’s financial regulator, the Andorran Financial Authority (AFA), disclosed that banks in the country require prior approval for recording Bitcoin and crypto asset transactions, though no such requests have been made yet.

IMF Recommendations

The IMF advised the AFA to oversee the monitoring of crypto asset transactions and positions until September 2024, assigning medium priority to this recommendation. This data will assist Andorra in compiling its macroeconomic statistics effectively.

Global Implications

Highlighting broader implications, a recent IMF study underscored the potential of digital currencies to address unique currency needs in Pacific Island countries (PICs). However, the IMF cautioned against the adoption of unbacked cryptocurrencies as national currency, urging a regional approach to mitigate scalability and volatility concerns.

Caution on CBDCs

While urging caution, the IMF discouraged PICs from rushing into the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), citing unpreparedness. The report emphasized the importance of a gradual approach to digital currency adoption, particularly in island nations vulnerable to currency substitution due to weak confidence in domestic monetary systems.

In essence, the IMF’s guidance to Andorra reflects a broader strategy emphasizing careful consideration and preparation in the integration of digital currencies into national monetary frameworks.

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