Programme Central Bank Workshop 2023

15 May

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13:00 - 13:30

Registration and welcome coffee

13:30 - 13:40


Valérie Urbain
Chief Business Officer - Euroclear group

13:40 - 14:05

Keynote Speech - Wholesale central bank digital currency – the safe way to debt capital market efficiency

Josselin Hebert
Senior Digital Innovation Officer in the Chief Financial Officer Department - ESM

A number of transactions in various jurisdictions demonstrate how bringing on-chain the cash leg of wholesale transactions on digital bonds brings efficiency to post-trade. However little has been said or demonstrated about the added value of DLT for pre-trade. In the keynote, Josselin Hebert will discuss how DLT and a wholesale digital euro could add efficiency to pre-trade steps of the debt issuance process

14:05 - 14:30

Internalisation of equity portfolio management

Martin Vesely
Risk Manager - Czech National Bank

After briefly introducing the Czech National Bank Foreign Exchange Reserves structure, Martin Vesely will walk you through their recent project to internalise equity portfolio management. The presentation will highlight the project’s strategy and positive outcomes and elaborate on the Czech National Bank’s challenges with this project. He will conclude by comparing the performance of internal versus external equity portfolio management.

14:30 - 14:55

Tokenised finance; what role for a central bank

Claudine Hurman
Director of Innovation and Financial Market Infrastructures in the Directorate General of Financial Stability and Operations - Banque de France

This presentation will set the scene of the current trend of tokenised finance, the challenges it poses, and the opportunities and role central banks could play in this changing paradigm.

14:55 - 15:15

Coffee break & networking

15:15 - 15:40

Project Leap: Quantum-proofing the financial system

Andras Valko
Advisor - BIS Innovation Hub

This cyber security project aims at investigating and testing cryptographic solutions that can withstand the vastly improved processing power of quantum computers. The goal is – together with Banque de France and Deutsche Bundesbank, the project partners within the Eurosystem – to test use cases in various central banking processes like payments and examine how existing communications, processing, and storage systems are impacted by the introduction of new quantum-resistant cryptographic protocols.

15:40 - 16:05

RTGS Renewal and Wholesale CBDC

John Jackson
Policy and Product Lead for the Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) Renewal programme - Bank of England

This presentation will describe the Bank of England’s ambitious investment programme on its RTGS system, covering both upcoming releases and the longer-term product roadmap. It will explain how this investment is enhancing sterling RTGS as a wholesale CBDC by supporting innovation among participants and market infrastructures. 


16:05 - 16:35

Digital assets and Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency, Issuer and Central Bank perspectives: EIB – BCL dialogue 

Xavier Leroy
Senior Funding Officer - European Investment Bank
Alexandre Briand
Economist, Project Manager, Market Infrastructures and Payment Systems - Banque centrale du Luxembourg

16:35 - 17:00

World Bank: Mobilising private capital markets for sustainable development

Akinchan Jain
Head of Asset and Liability Operations - World Bank

17:00 - 17:15

Strategic Securities Lending: Further improved lending opportunities and ensuring settlement liquidity for foreign reserves and asset purchase programs

Hilde Cardon
Securities Lending Product Manager - Euroclear
Gösta Feige
Product Solutions Commercial Division - Euroclear

17:15 - 17:30

Closing remarks

Bernard Ferran
Chief Commercial Officer - Euroclear group

17:30 - 19:00

Closing drink & networking