Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220712)

South Korea Ready to Test its CBDC with Commercial Banks (Revised)

The Bank of Korea (BOK) wants to commence real-world testing for its prototype central bank digital currency (CBDC) with 10 domestic commercial banks in the second half of the year. Until now, the BOK CBDC work has been limited to proof-of-concept experiments, starting with basic functions such as minting, issuance, distribution, and redemption from August to December last year, and payment, digital asset transactions, and cross-border remittances from January to June this year. Now the central bank wants to know whether the prototype is compatible with various banks’ IT platforms and wants to investigate possible interoperability-related issues. [Read more at the Bank of Korea (see page 63)]

France Starts Second Stage of Wholesale CBDC Experiments

The Banque de France (BdF) has kicked off the second phase of experimentation into a wholesale CBDC, with an eyer towards being ready to introduce central bank money as a settlement asset as early as 2023, with the implementation of the European pilot regime. Over the past year, the central bank has successfully completed the first phase of its experimentation program, comprising nine experiments with the private sector and with other public actors, with a focus on cross-borer payments and tokenized securities settlement. Now the BdF wants to get closer to a viable prototype, testing it in practice with more private actors and more foreign central banks in the second half of 2022 and in 2023. [Read more at the Banque de France]

BIS Innovation Hub and Bank Indonesia announce finalists of G20 TechSprint CBDC challenge

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and Bank Indonesia announced the 21 shortlisted finalists for the G20 TechSprint CBDC challenge. The shortlisted teams now have until the end of August to complete their prototypes, which will then be judged by an independent expert panel convened by Bank Indonesia. Winners for each of the three categories will be announced in October ahead of the G20 Summit. Among the shortlisted were BitMint, R3, Ripple, S.e.A. (Stellar, eCurrency and ANZ), Bitt-IDEMIA, Crunchfish, and Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) Filia. [Read more at the BIS including all the shortlisted firms]

Upcoming events I’m affiliated with:

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  [Register here]