Hong Kong Academics Push for Government-Endorsed Stablecoin Proposal

Hong Kong academics propose an HKD stablecoin to compete with Tether and Circle, aiming to strengthen the city’s fintech capabilities.

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  • Academics have proposed a game-changing stablecoin in Hong Kong.
  • The government’s current approach has been criticized as too conservative.
  • Surveillance and de-dollarization concerns have arisen with the introduction of the stablecoin.

In a bold move aimed at revolutionizing Hong Kong’s financial landscape, a group of esteemed academics, led by Vice President Cai Wensheng of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has put forth a groundbreaking proposal for issuing an HKD stablecoin.

HKD Stablecoin Proposal Sparks Heated Industry Debate

While not officially endorsed by the Hong Kong government, this visionary policy recommendation has ignited a fervent debate within the industry. With an ambitious vision of competing against industry giants like Tether (USDT) and Circle (USDC), the proposed stablecoin aims to solidify Hong Kong’s position as a global leader in the blockchain sector.

According to insights from Chinese journalist Wu Blockchain, the issuance of an HKD stablecoin holds the potential to reinforce Hong Kong’s leading position in the blockchain sector.


Their rationale for proposing this stablecoin encompasses various aspects. Primarily, it aims to drive the local currency’s prominence, streamline transaction efficiency, curtail transaction costs, enhance existing payment systems, and further fortify Hong Kong’s fintech prowess.

Academics Advocate for HKDG

One significant point of contention revolves around the government’s current plan, which permits and encourages private institutions to issue HKD stablecoins. Academics find this approach too conservative, as it falls short of the government’s ambitions to foster the digital economy.

Furthermore, the Hong Kong Dollar stablecoin is envisaged to bolster the efficiency and inclusivity of the city’s financial system. Its attributes of stability, exchange freedom, heightened security, openness, and cross-border liquidity could pave the way for a diverse range of financial innovations.


In light of this, their proposition advocates for a government-issued stablecoin named HKDG, backed by Hong Kong’s substantial foreign exchange reserves, which stood at approximately US$430 billion as of March 2023.

On the Flipside

  • The proposal for an HKD stablecoin could potentially undermine the existing financial system, as it would introduce a parallel currency that may complicate monetary policy and regulation.
  • There are challenges in maintaining stability and pegging the value of the HKD stablecoin to the foreign exchange reserves, as market fluctuations could pose significant risks.
  • Introducing a local stablecoin might not necessarily lead to de-dollarization, as global acceptance and adoption of the HKD stablecoin would heavily depend on its credibility and utility.

Why This Matters

If implemented, this stablecoin proposal could solidify Hong Kong’s position as a leader in the blockchain sector, boost the efficiency of its financial system, and potentially pave the way for further financial innovations. 

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.