Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20230510)

Visa uses CBDC for programmable finance prototype for Brazilian farmers

Visa developed a programmable finance platform that allows Brazilian soybean farmers to securely fund and sell their crop harvests on a permissioned version of the Ethereum blockchain. Partnering with Agrotoken, Microsoft, and Sinqia, Visa was one of nine finalists tasked with exploring innovative blockchain-based use cases for Brazil’s real digital central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) as part of the Banco Central do Brasil’s most recent LIFT Challenge. The CBDC’s programmability allows delivery and payment of assets and currencies to be automatically settled only when certain conditions are met, for more efficient capital usage and reduced counterparty risks. [Read more at Visa]

ECB calls for candidates to participate in the digital euro workstreams

The European Central Bank (ECB) is inviting relevant experts to contribute to two new digital euro scheme rulebook workstreams. The first one is focused on identification and authentication the second on infrastructure-related requirements (e.g., IT security, connectivity, reconciliation, and end-to-end service level requirements, plus key performance indicators). Participation will not be remunerated, although an earlier version of the announcements said that participants will not be reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses in connection with their attendance at workstream meetings, which have now been specified as all virtual. [Read more at the ECB here and here]

Decentralized or disintermediated finance: what regulatory response?

The Banque de France l’Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR) published a discussion paper on possible regulatory approaches to decentralized finance (DeFi). The paper provides an analysis of the structure and risks of disintermediated finance and its various components before formulating different regulatory framework scenarios, some of which are alternative, others complementary. The purpose of this document is to inform the ACPR’s positions and to contribute to ongoing discussions, particularly at the European level, on the value of and procedures for regulating disintermediated finance. [Read more at the ACPR]

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