By Leika Kihara and David Lawder

CHANTILLY, France (Reuters) – Digital currencies like Facebook’s Libra ought to be held “to the highest regulatory requirements” to assure they are not utilized to launder cash and that customers are protected, a Group of Seven taskforce urged on Thursday.

The conclusions came as G7 finance ministers meeting in Chantilly, France, agreed to address tax challenges raised by the digital economy and to push ahead with plans for a minimum corporate tax level, according to a draft summary of the two-day meeting observed by Reuters.

The Chantilly talks have been dominated by exchanges on Facebook Inc’s plans for digital coin Libra, amid deeper issues by policy-makers that the powers of major tech corporations encroach on places belonging to governments, like issuing currency.

“Everyone is in a location exactly where we recognize that new technologies can supply positive aspects,” Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau told Reuters.

“But individuals want secure and low-priced, not just low-priced. And so our job is to believe about secure as well … We’ve got an emerging sense that we will need to perform collectively on this.”

Issues incorporate the worry that Facebook’s ambitions for a digital currency could weaken their manage more than monetary and banking policies and pose safety dangers.

“A international stablecoin for retail purposes could supply for more quickly and more affordable remittances, spur competitors for payments and as a result reduced fees, and help higher monetary inclusion,” European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure, the chairman of the taskforce, told the G7 meeting.

“Having said that…they give rise to a quantity of dangers connected to public policy priorities which includes anti-cash laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, customer and information protection, cyber resilience, fair competitors and tax compliance.”

Bank of France head and European Central Bank policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau stated monetary regulators will not sacrifice customers’ safety for the sake of innovation.

“Monetary regulators are favourable towards innovation. But that can not come to the detriment of the safety of the customer,” Villeroy stated on Thursday, adding that regulators wanted “answers” to their places of doubt more than Libra by October.

Regulators and governments have referred to as on Facebook to respect anti-cash laundering guidelines and assure the safety of transactions and user information.

A separate concern at the meeting was how very best to tax major tech corporations, with France keen to use its G7 presidency to garner help for minimum corporate taxation to stop tech corporations from in search of out low-tax nations to book earnings.

“Ministers agreed that a minimum level of successful taxation, such as for instance the U.S. GILTI regime, would contribute to making certain that corporations spend their fair share of tax,” the chair summary observed by Reuters concluded.

The U.S.’s international intangible low-taxed earnings regime (GILTI) overseas aims to topic overseas intangible earnings to 10.five% to discourage corporations from shifting earnings abroad as an alternative of the nominal U.S. corporate tax price below the Trump tax cuts of 21%.

The meeting comes amid developing international financial uncertainty as U.S.-China trade tensions and slowing trade threaten to undermine a prolonged recovery.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso stated the G7 finance leaders nonetheless deemed valid an assessment created by the larger G20 gathering that the international economy remained on track for a recovery.

“There was an agreement (amongst the G7 members) that the international economy will most likely recover by means of subsequent year,” Aso stated just after Wednesday’s meeting.

(Added reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Yann Le Guernigou in Paris writing by Leika Kihara editing by Mark John)

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