Zimbabwe central bank to issue gold-backed digital coins in May
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) will introduce a gold-backed digital currency on May 8. They will not be pegged to any of the country’s units of account (Zimbabwe dollars, U.S. dollars and South African rand). The digital coins will be priced 20% above market and marketed as investments. However, digital wallets will be made available in a later phase to facilitate person-to-person payments with them. [Read more at the RBZ]
Central African Republic to drop crypto as legal tender
The Central African Republic’s (CAR’s) parliament has reportedly repealed legislation that made crypto-assets legal tender. A new law amends an April 2022 statute that proved controversial among the CAR’s partners in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa. The idea was also likely doomed from the outset by the lack of internet connectivity in the region (only about 10% percent of the population have internet access). [Read more on Twitter]
Upcoming conferences, webinars and speaking engagements:
- 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]
- I’ll be participating in Currency Research’s in-person Central Bank Payments Conference and Global Payments Summit in Cape Town from June 26 to 30. [Register here and here respectively]
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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