Central bank digital currencies: ongoing policy perspectives
In a follow-up to their October 2020 paper, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and seven advanced economy central banks have published a new paper that shares perspectives on how central banks can best engage industry and the public, what are the key legal issues related to retail CBDC, what tools may be needed to manage stressed conditions, and what could be the implications of using blockchain technology and associated concepts in CBDC. It also suggests that central banks consider cross-border payments use cases for wholesale CBDC. [Read more at the BIS]
BCB publishes list of selected digital real technical testing participants
Banco Central do Brasil (BCB) selected 14 financial institutions to test digital real privacy and programmability functionalities through the implementation of a delivery versus payment (DvP) protocol for tokenized federal government bonds between customers from different institutions, in addition to the services that make up this transaction. The BCB received 36 proposals of interest from more than 100 institutions. The testing will involve no real transactions (so it isn’t the pilot that the BCB claims it to be). [Read more at the BCB]
Russia’s digital ruble pilot faces delays
Russia’s digital ruble pilot, originally scheduled to commence on April 1, 2023, has reportedly experienced delays due to legislative processes. The latest legislative amendments indicate a significant focus on enabling non-resident access. Other legal changes raise questions about data encryption and enforcement actions. The legal approval for the CBDC is now anticipated by the end of July, 2023. [Read more at Interfax]
Binance Pay sees growing interest in Africa, South Asia and Independent States
African, South Asian and Commonwealth of Independent States countries are using Binance Pay as a means to bridge cryptocurrencies as a payment source for goods and services, according to Binance regional business development lead Pakning Luk. Launched in 2021, the payments service has attracted over 120 million users in specific regions as it onboards major online merchant platforms and real-world retailers to its payment rail. Luk highlighted remittance and online shopping as key use cases seen by its user base. [Read more at CoinTelegraph]
Pathways to crypto-asset regulation: a global approach
The World Economic Forum (WEF) published a paper that highlight the needs and challenges in developing a global approach to crypto-asset regulation. In doing so, it delves into the various regulatory approaches being adopted by different jurisdictions. The result of multistakeholder consultations with experts from the Digital Currency Governance Consortium, comprising experts from public authorities, regulators, policy-making bodies, industry and academia, the paper explores pathways to creating a responsible crypto-asset ecosystem globally. [Read more at the WEF]
Colombia holds consultation on open banking
Superfinanciera Colombia is pursuing a consultation on open banking. Feedback is accepted from the public until May 31, 2023. [Read more on LinkedIn]
*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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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