The Swiss National Bank (SNB) and six commercial banks will launch a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot project on December 1, 2023. Project Helvetia Phase III will test the settlement of tokenized bonds against SNB-issued wholesale CBDC on a delivery-versus-payment (DVP) basis on a distributed ledger technology (DLT) based platform run by the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX). The pilot, which will run until June 2024, will use the SNB’s Swiss Interbank Clearing (SIC) payment infrastructure for the tokenization of central bank money and that of the SIX SIS central securities depository (CSD) for integration with the traditional bond settlement infrastructure. This follows up on the Phase I and II proof-of-concept (POC) work conducted with the BIS Innovation Hub between 2020 and 2022. [Read more at the SNB]
Indian banks are reportedly offering incentives for conducting transactions using the e-rupee retail CBDC nudged by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to boost underwhelming transaction volumes. The incentives range from cash-backs to reward points, similar to those offered by the banks on credit and debit cards, they said. The RBI started e-rupee pilot program in December 2022 and is targeting a million transactions daily by end-2023. But retail transactions are still tracking below the target, averaging around 25,000 a day. [Read more at Reuters]
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