One of the key take aways from the World Economic Forum annual shindig in Davos, Switzerland is when Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan, on a panel on “Saudi Arabia’s Transformation,” made it clear that Riyadh “will consider trading in currencies other than the US dollar.”
You may recall that Russia has been cut off from the SWIFT system. Now if you’re a consumer of Western legacy media, you’d likely not have heard a word on it, but the fact is that Russia was largely prepared for this and has already developed and is now using the SPFS the Russian equivalent of SWIFT, developed by the Central Bank of Russia since 2014.
African countries emerged as “independent” nation-states in a context of a debt-based fiat money system, the fiat dollar standard. Independent is in quotation marks because Africa’s countries’ independence is nominal. That is said with due respect and gratitude to all brave men and women who fought, bled, and died to end (direct) colonialism. Still, Africa remains under indirect colonization. One of the most crippling, and certainly the most shackling, forms of subjugation Africa is under is monetary colonialism.
Bloomberg reported that during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, Putin explained how Russia and Turkey will bypass the dollar by announcing that part of the cost of Russian gas exports to Turkey will be paid in rubles.
Russia and India are set to start trade in rupees. To increase Indian exports, a new payment system has been approved.
What may surprise some people, however, is that Russia and the BRICS countries, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, are officially working on their own “new global reserve currency,” RT reported in late June. Nobody even seemed to notice.
The Russian ruble has undergone an astonishing recovery, surging to levels not seen in almost two years, after losing over half of its value in March owing to Western sanctions. Sergey Kopylov, a junior partner at consultancy firm BSC and a lead researcher at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, unravels the mystery of the rising ruble.
Thus far, the most severe consequence of Russia's military operation has been the exclusion of Russian banks from the global financial system. But the tide seems to be turning with petrodollar's status threatened as first shipment of Russian coal paid in Yuan is on its way to China.
A joint project between the Central Bank of Canada and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be researching the possibility of an entirely digital Canadian dollar, it was announced yesterday.
According to geopolitical researcher Brian Berletic, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently declared that the dollar has no major rivals in the globe, but that assertion could be "wishful thinking" on Washington's behalf. On the contrary, US sanctions on Russia could speed up dedollarisation and help the rise of Yuan.
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