The MNB Student Safe mobile application has been renewed
The Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB) and the Money Compass Foundation launched a new version of the Student Safe mobile app, to increase financial literacy and strengthen digital financial inclusion among 8 to 14 year-olds. The new app, operated by the central bank and commercial banks, is now able to handle real money in the form of an MNB-issued central bank digital currency (CBDC). By successfully completing quizzes children can collect “tallérs” that can be redeemed for webshop (eMAG) vouchers. In addition, the new app allows users to transfer funds to bank accounts, and make QR-code payments. Parents can also send their children forints or student tallérs. [Read more at the MNB]
Nigeria’s eNaira, one year after
The IMF published a paper that reflects on the first year of the eNaira—the first CBDC in Africa. Despite the undisrupted operation for the first full year, the project has not yet moved beyond the initial wave of limited adoption. Network effects suggest the initial low adoption spell will require a coordinated policy drive to break it. The eNaira’s potential in financial inclusion requires a strategy to set the right relationship with mobile money, given the former’s potential to either complement or substitute the latter. Cost savings from integrating CBDC—as a bridge vehicle—in the remittance process may also be substantial. [Read more at the IMF]
International aspects of CBDCs: update on digital euro
The European Central Bank (ECB) has released a deck on key considerations relating to the internationalization of a digital euro. The ECB aims to make the digital euro accessible to everyone within the euro area before focusing on users outside the euro area. However, the ECB sees opportunities offered by the international dimension that should be explored by gradually introducing different use cases. These include person-to-person cross-border payments (e.g. remittances), and e-commerce payments from (to) online merchants outside the euro area. [Read more at the ECB]
*For those interested in intra-day updates, check out my searchable Diigo Fintech developments database, which is also a good place to go to query for past developments: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.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]
- I’ll be lecturing at the Digital Euro Association (DEA) Digital Money Academy on July 27, 2023. [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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