The manager of Banxico, Victoria Rodriguez Ceja, at a hearing in the Mexican Senate said that the issuance of digital currency by the Central Bank will not start in 2024, as planned, but in 2025. The head of the Central Bank specified that CBDC will have additional functionality, expanding the availability of existing financial and payment instruments for citizens. The regulator plans to deploy new automation mechanisms to speed up payment processes.
New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich was asked by Christopher Wray how possible and likely it is for Russia to use various assets to circumvent sanctions. Among them, the Chinese national currency, gold reserves and digital assets. The FBI director recalled the recent cases of confiscation of significant funds in cryptocurrencies from criminals. According to him, the agency has accumulated considerable experience in tracking cryptocurrencies, and Russian oligarchs and politicians will not be able to use such assets to circumvent sanctions.
Indira Kempis, a member of the opposition party Movimiento Ciudadano (Civic Movement), believes that bitcoin has many advantages and can benefit people who do not have bank accounts. She said she has already consulted with people knowledgeable about the crypto-asset and now intends to use her political clout to promote bitcoin throughout Mexico and develop appropriate laws.