Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220922)

More on the purported launch of Iran’s CBDC pilot

Yesterday I reported that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) was reported to be launching a central bank digital currency (#CBDC) pilot today (September 22, 2022). The news isn’t coming directly from the CBI, but from the Iran Chamber of Commerce. Now Al Jazeera is reporting that the digital rial will run on a platform called Borna, which was developed using Hyperledger Fabric, an open-source permissioned distributed ledger technology (DLT) blockchain platform. [Read more at Al Jazeera]

Responsible advancement of U.S. competitiveness in digital assets

The U.S. Department of Commerce published a report on the Responsible Advancement of U.S. Competitiveness in Digital Assets. It introduced a four-pillar framework that “offers a path forward to promote U.S. competitiveness, responsible innovation, and leadership in digital assets.” [Read more at the Department of Commerce]

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite here]

Kiffmeister’s Global Central Bank Digital Currency Monthly Monitor

Just a reminder that I produce a monthly digest of central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments exclusively for the official sector. So for any of you out there who work for a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution who would like to receive it by email on the first business day of every month, please DM me on LinkedIn or email me at