Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230118)

Tokyo Fintech published a video of a presentation I gave on retail CBDC for your viewing enjoyment. [Watch it here]

Exploring multilateral platforms for cross-border payments

The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), the BIS Innovation Hub (BISIH), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank published a paper on challenges to addressing and approaching the establishment of a multilateral cross-border payments platform. Such a platform could reduce the need for intermediaries and allow payment service providers in different jurisdictions to transact directly with each other. Two paths are examined – the growth approach that involves expanding existing multilateral platforms to additional jurisdictions, currencies and participants, and the greenfield approach that involves building a new, potentially global, infrastructure for cross-border payments. [Read more at the BIS]

IMF to collaborate with the Philippines on wholesale CBDC project

The IMF will be collaborating with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to create a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) aimed at addressing (i) frictions on cross border foreign currency transfers; (ii) settlement risk exposure arising from the use of commercial bank money in the equities market; and (iii) challenges in operating the automated intraday liquidity facility. The BSP has decided that retail CBDC would have limited benefits for the Philippines economy due to widespread digitalization of retail payments and financial inclusion reforms. [Read more at the IMF]

Way forward for the digital euro project

The European Central Bank (ECB) published a digital euro “way forward” slide deck that provides a nice summary of the current status of their CBDC project, including the timeline (see below). [Download the slide deck at the ECB]

Fast payment with cash and contactless payments possible

How long do payments via different payment methods take? This question was analyzed in an interesting research by Deutsche Bundesbank (BuBa). The result: The quickest payments are smartphones/smartwatch payments (14 seconds), followed by contactless card payments (15.2 seconds), and cash payments (18.7 seconds). [Read more at the BuBa]

2nd Edition of DC³ Conference – From Cryptocurrencies to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold (virtually) the second edition of its DC3 Conference – From Cryptocurrencies to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)​ from January 24 to 27 2023. On January 27 I will be moderating two panels on offline central bank digital currency (CBDC). Also, on January 24, Jacques Francouer and I will be providing an update to our ITU Digital Currency Global Initiative digital currency ontology work. [For more event detail go to the ITU DC3 conference site]

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

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