Swiss Federal Council Makes Push for Digital Finance

Swiss Federal Council Makes Push for Digital Finance

by February 3, 2022

The Swiss Federal Council has released a report outlining its focus on digital finance during its meeting yesterday.

In its report, the Federal Council sets out twelve areas of action with specific measures, and instructs the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) to implement them in 2022 and subsequent years in close coordination with political circles, authorities, the private sector and academia.

The council sees the great potential for Switzerland as a business location in the digitalisation of the financial market.

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It said in a statement,

“The use of new digital technologies is opening the door for new players and leading to new products on financial markets. This potentially makes them more efficient, transparent, cost-effective and client-centric.

 

However, digitalisation also carries new risks. In Switzerland, the use of new digital technologies is generally a matter for the private sector.”

The change process and the opportunities and risks identified for Switzerland as a business location mean that the confederation has to play a more active role.

The council said that the confederation should improve the framework conditions for new business models, ensure stability, integrity and international competitiveness, and promote the sustainability and interconnectedness of the financial center.

 

In line with this, the council said that the authorities should provide the best possible regulatory framework as well as be active dialogue partners for the various stakeholders and coordinate where necessary.

The stakeholders include financial institutions, consumers, suppliers, innovative startups, globally active technology companies, academia and operators of decentralised networks and

They should also work on cross-cutting issues with regard to the competitiveness and risks of the Swiss financial center, specifically with respect to the use of data, clouds, distributed ledger technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, green fintech, teaching and research.

 

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