Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, addressing Bitt’s Annual Central Bank Meets Blockchain Conference at the Hilton Barbados Resort today. (B.Hinds/BGIS)

Government will soon introduce a mMoney pilot programme.

This disclosure came today from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, as she addressed Bitt’s Annual Central Bank Meets Blockchain Conference, at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

Ms. Mottley told the large audience that with the introduction of the pilot, Government would be taking another step into the future. “Our people want digital money and … want the ease and security of electronic payments, and as a result, what must happen, is face to face discussions with urgency…such that we can launch the Barbados mMoney pilot.

“A pilot between Bitt, Central Bank and FSC (Financial Service Commission) that facilitates…digital payments for our people in Barbados,” she said to great applause.

The Prime Minister disclosed that she would take leadership of the project, saying Barbados would not be stuck at a moment in time. She insisted that there were times when persons had to confront their greatest fears. She expressed concern about the seeming conflict between Bitt and some in the commercial banking sector, saying it must stop.

She continued: “Barbadians know that we need to move forward and that we need to bring to an end what is this unfortunate debate and tension between those who want to hold on to a status quo and those who want to move forward.

“Are there legitimate concerns that regulators and others may have? Yes. Are there concerns that the banks may have? I presume so; they have not shared it yet with me, but I presume so.  But what we cannot do is to have a standoff. And now that I have had the luxury of moving from stabilisation to transformation, and soon hopefully post debt restructuring, we will sit down and resolve these issues.”

Ms. Mottley emphasised that Barbados would distinguish itself by ensuring its regulation was fit for purpose and that it was not a one-size fits all prescription that becomes a non-tariff barrier to growth.

“We will do so by identifying the genuine precepts that hinder competitiveness…  Our duty is to protect and to facilitate fairness and transparency and that is where our regulation must start… We will facilitate those who want to dabble by creating the appropriate sandbox regulatory regimes for those to dabble… But we will not hobble development and constrain progress by refusing to admit that the world continues to evolve,” she underscored.

The theme of the conference was From the Ground Up.

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