CBDC will improve tax collection — Argentine central bank director


Juan Agustín D’Attellis Noguera, a director of Banco Central de la República Argentina, the country’s central bank, publicly supported the Minister of Economy Sergio Massa in his promotion of central bank digital currency (CBDC) as a remedy for the national economy. 

Giving commentary on local television, Noguera expressed his belief that the “digital peso” could help stabilize the Argentine economy as soon as 2024. In the official’s opinion, the key feature of the CBDC is its traceability, which would help the government to collect taxes:

“By having traceability of operations with a digital currency because it is not known who does them, but there is evidence that they were done, you broaden the tax base. This will allow you to raise more without having to raise taxes and even lower them.” 

The CBDC will also help to solve the nation’s monetary problem, as the unstable local currency, the Argentine peso, often competes with the United States dollar even as a payment method, according to Noguera.

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D’Attellis spoke about the “digital peso” in a very definite manner — the head of the Central Bank assured that the CBDC would be introduced gradually, coexisting with cash, and the final replacement of the paper bill would happen at the last stage of the project.

On Oct. 2, Sergio Massa, the acting Minister of Economy and the presidential candidate, pledged to launch a CBDC if elected to “solve” Argentina’s long-lasting inflation crisis. According to the voting polls, Massa is slightly trailing Javier Milei, a pro-Bitcoin and anti-central bank candidate, who wants to adopt the United States dollar as Argentina’s currency.

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