Canadian E-Commerce Giant Shopify Joins Libra Association This is great news. I studied this 2 weeks ago at HBS with 180 peer CEO’s. Libra Facebook is a fascinating case study. $HIVE.V $GROW https://t.co/iuQC0sYerr via @cointelegraph — Frank Holmes (@bulldogholmes) February 21, 2020
On February 21, it has been reported in an announcement that Shopify, a major Canada-based digital commerce platform hosting more than one million merchants, will be collaborating on the establishment of a global payment network within the Libra Association.
However, the Libra Foundation has confirmed the news in a Facebook post by outlining that Shopify would be an “incredible partner in making widespread economic participation a reality.”
In the announcement, Shopify claimed that its action to join the network comes in line with the company’s desire to tackle the unsolved problem of cross-border payments. According to the company, “much of the world’s financial infrastructure was not built to handle the scale and needs of internet commerce.”
Further, Shopify emphasized that as a major global e-commerce platform, the company should challenge existing standards in the global payment system in order to bring “transparent fees and easy access to capital,” while ensuring the security and privacy of merchants.
“Our mission is to make commerce better for everyone and to do that, we spend a lot of our time thinking about how to make commerce better in parts of the world where money and banking could be far better. That’s why we decided to become a member of the Libra Association. This is one step, but not the only step we’ll be taking to be a part of the solution to this global problem.”
Likewise, Shopify’s entrance to the Libra Association comes after a series of departures from the group by major global firms, which many associated with increased concerns of global regulators.
Officially released in June 2019, Libra has not only become the subject of intensified regulatory concern over the globe but also turned out to be a major trigger for the world to start reconsidering the United States dollar as the anchor currency. Some global banks admitted that Facebook’s Libra pushed central banks to seriously look into digital currency initiatives like central bank digital currencies.
However, a number of big companies like Visa, eBay, Stripe, and Mastercard decided to leave the Libra Foundation amid the regulatory uncertainty behind the project, which originally received support from dozens of major companies. As Facebook originally prospected, the Libra Foundation should have around 100 members by the time of Libra’s launch in the first half of 2020.
In the meantime, existing uncertainty over Libra has been increasing even more with the European Union recently claiming that it still cannot figure out what to do about Libra.
Thus, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, previously, declared that he didn’t know whether Libra would eventually work.