Lebanon CBDC Tracker

CBDC Information

Economic Information

GDP

$23,131,941,557

Country Information

Freedom Rankings

Cato and Fraser Human Freedom Index:

5.74/10

Freedom House Index:

4.3/10

Reporters Without Borders Freedom Index:

5.05/10

Lebanon is in the research phase. Banque du Liban governor Riad Salameh said in 2021 that the central bank would issue a CBDC (referred to as a digital Lebanese currency) in 2021. However, Lebanon remains categorized as being in the research phase because it is unclear at this time if there have been any developments since Salameh’s announcement.

A full analysis of the CBDC developments in Lebanon and Lebanon’s treatment of civil liberties is forthcoming.

In the meantime, for additional information on concerns regarding violations of human rights and civil liberties, see the following reports by Amnesty International, Financial Tyranny Index, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, Privacy International, and the U.S. Department of State. For additional information on concerns regarding the risks of CBDCs, see the following webpage and report by the Cato Institute: The Risks of CBDCs and Central Bank Digital Currency: Assessing the Risks and Dispelling the Myths.

For additional information regarding metrics, the methodology page explains each of the data points and provides their respective sources.