Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20231112)*

Global toolkit on regulatory sandbox for central bank digital currency

The United Nations has published a sandbox framework that maps out the steps and key elements for the designing and operationalizing central bank digital currency (CBDC). First a proof of concept (PoC) is used as part of the selection process for the CBDC issuing system, and then the sandbox is used to test the basic capabilities of the platform to issue CBDC securely. Then banks and other payment service providers (PSPs) are brought in to test settlement functions. When key criteria have been met, then the CBDC can be released for pilots with real CBDC for use with selected groups of users, merchants, and other stakeholders. The framework was developed in collaboration with the Maldives Monetary Authority, and the work goes back at least to September 2022. [Read more at the United Nations]

JPM Coin launches programmable payments

Onyx by JP Morgan has launched programmable payments for blockchain-based accounts on JPM Coin. The solution allows users to use an if-this-then-that interface to program their transactions. Customers can control their JPM Coin accounts in new ways such as dynamic funding, in which they can apply various rules for funding a bank account in case of shortfalls, and event-based payouts, in which they can execute transactions depending on various needs such as delivery of assets. On November 6, Siemens AG completed its first payment using the feature, and FedEx and Cargill will be going live with the solution in the next few weeks. [Read more at Finextra]

FYI here are some of my upcoming speaking engagements:

– Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 27-30)[Register here]

– Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]

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