ANZ to trial offline CBDC payments via smart cards
Australia’s ANZ is partnering with two universities to trial offline central bank digital currency (CBDC) payments via smart cards that can be loaded with funds and used like physical cash. Students will install secure apps on their smartphones to view their CBDC balances and use NFC functionality to load CBDC onto their smart cards. Students will use them to make purchases at on-campus merchants and make instant peer-to-peer payments in offline environments when unconnected to existing banking infrastructures. [Read more at the DFCRC]
The CBN consults Convexity on eNaira adoption
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has reportedly partnered with Nigerian-based blockchain development firm Convexity to speed up the adoption of eNaira. Barbados-based Bitt is the CBN’s current eNaira platform provider, although rumors were flying in February 2023 that the CBN was looking for a new platform provider. From the headlines, one might suppose that Convexity’s role here is to replace Bitt’s, but a Techpoint article makes it seem like Convexity’s role is focused mainly on building use cases for the eNaira. [Read more at Techpoint]
Privacy enhancing technologies: payments and financial services in a digital society
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) published a paper on privacy-enhancing CBDC technologies, comparing methods for privacy-preservation, such as homomorphic encryption and zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs), and discusses how important other central banks rank privacy within their CBDC projects. As part of its CBDC research, the BoJ will continue to research and study privacy protection related to digital currencies with a wide range of stakeholders. [Read more at the BoJ]
Upcoming conferences, webinars and speaking engagements:
- I’ll be on a “public finance and the digital future” panel at the March 23-25 Willamette College of Law “Our Money, Our Future” (Hybrid) Conference in Salem, Oregon on March 24. [Register here]
- I’ll be moderating the “CBDCs, Stablecoins, Commercial Bank Money Tokens – What is the Future of Money?” panel discussion at the Digital Euro Association Digital Euro Conference on March 31 in Frankfurt. [Register here]
- I’ll be moderating a panel on “what happens when the lights go out…different schemes for offline functionality” at the in-person Digital Currency Conference (DCC) in Mexico City on May 18. [Register 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 email@example.com.
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