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Europeans are generally positive about a digital euro, according to the results of a recent public consultation carried out by the European Central Bank (ECB). COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of online shopping and contactless payments, creating a conducive environment for digital transactions.

Discussions around a digital euro are part and key priority of the EU's digital transformation agenda also opening new opportunities for businesses.

The European Union is not alone in pursuing its own digital currency, as China is already piloting its digital RMB. However, creating a digital currency is not a straightforward process, and will involve strategic considerations in areas like compliance and privacy.

At this event, two speakers will look into the implications of these developments, and discuss the latest considerations regarding digital currencies:

Walter van Hattum, Head of Trade Section EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao, will present recent thinking in the EU regarding its digital transformation agenda, including ideas about a digital currency and recent public consultations held on the topic.

Marion Laboure, Macro Strategist at Deutsche Bank and Harvard Lecturer, will give her perspective on the economic benefits and drawbacks of a digital euro and other cryptocurrencies.

Join the webinar to understand more about the rapidly developing area of digital finance in the E.U. and beyond.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Walter van Hattum is an experienced trade diplomat. His  recent postings include  Indonesia and the Philippines, engaging government and civil society on free trade agreements, a trade and values agenda and market access.

Prior to this he worked on debt policies with the Dutch foreign ministry, employment policies with the ILO, nuclear fusion and humanitarian assistance.

In January 2021, he was appointed head of the trade section of the EU office to Hong Kong and Macao.

Marion Laboure is a macro-strategist at Deutsche Bank and a lecturer at Harvard. Prior to this, she worked at the Luxembourg Central Bank and the European Commission. She was also a fellow researcher at the International Monetary Fund and the author of books covering capital markets and financial technology. Marion holds a PhD in Economics from the Ecole Normale Superieure, and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/06/29 17:00 to 18:00
Venue This seminar will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Kari Yu
Tel: 2823 1266
Fee Members @ HK$100 / Non-Members @ HK$200
+$50 for booking offline
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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