The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) is working on a phase of a project that focuses on domestic wholesale CBDC use cases in collaboration with local banks and fintechs. SAMA stressed that although no decision has been made regarding the introduction of CBDC in the Kingdom, it continues to focus on exploring the benefits and potential risks of implementing CBDC. [Read more at SAMA]
Introductory statement by Fabio Panetta, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament: “Our priority for the digital euro project… is to preserve the role of central bank money in retail payments by offering an additional option for paying with public money, including where this is not possible today, for example in e-commerce. The digital euro would not replace other electronic payment methods, or indeed cash. Rather, it would complement them. And by doing so, it would safeguard our monetary sovereignty while strengthening Europe’s strategic autonomy.” [Read the whole speech here]
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) successfully used its JAM-DEX CBDC to pay wages to, and conduct of transactions by, select workers employed in the Christmas Work Programme from December 19 to 23, 2022. This involved onboarding three contractors, more than 100 workers and 70 small merchants to the Lynk app within select communities. Onboarded merchants were primarily market vendors and owners of food shops, restaurants and bars. [Read more at the BOJ]
BRØK, the Norwegian government public blockchain-based platform to track unlisted stock ownership, has moved into the sandbox phase. It is using Arbitrum, a layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum with lower transaction costs. The solution is GDPR compliant, so personal information is not stored directly on the blockchain. However, it uses the Ceramic protocol for the personal information, an open distributed database that allows for data to be deleted and corrected, as required by GDPR. [Read more at Ledger Insights]
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