Global payment network Roxe has recruited a seasoned economist from the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, to help lead its central bank digital currency project backed by Bitcoin’s (BTC) hashrate.
Andreas Jobst, whose career spans the IMF, World Bank and Bermuda Monetary Authority, has been appointed as Roxe’s chief currency economist, the company announced Wednesday. Jobst will be tasked with helping scale Roxe’s CBDC Plus Program and payment network, which allows countries to issue new primary or secondary fiat currencies backed by the computational power of Bitcoin.
Jobst’s most recent appointment at the IMF was an unspecified role in its European department, where he served for two-and-a-half years. He also served as senior economist for the same department between 2014 and 2016.
The CBDC program is primarily geared towards developing countries struggling with high inflation, fiscal imbalances and foreign exchange volatility. Countries that have dollarized their economies have effectively handed over monetary policy to the United States Federal Reserve, creating