Driving Retail CBDC Adoption Through Lean Product Development

The Lean Product Development (LPD) literature offers strategies to guide user-centered design and drive adoption. Prominent LPD concepts are discussed here in the context of retail CBDC development.

In Conversation with Igor Velickovski, Manager, Payment Systems Department, National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia

Our tour of the Western Balkans continues this month as we catch up with the National Bank of the Republic of North Macedonia’s Igor Velickovski, who discusses the transformative role of a recently enacted law on payments, North Macedonia’s SEPA ambitions,…

Crunchfish: Enabling Offline Payments in an Online World — Practical Guides to Offline Payment

Despite all the recent attention on the topic of offline payments, there remains an unclear understanding in the market around the practical design choices and trade-offs for offline real-time payments and CBDCs. Crunchfish, a pioneer for offline payments,…

Arab Monetary Fund: Reflections on the Future of Payments

I see five macrotrends, driven by a combination of consumer preference, technology, and regulation, that will affect the future of payments and define how payments will look in the next couple of years.

An Inflection Point for Global Payments: Industry Perspectives in 2023 - June Update

Updated! The global payments ecosystem is at a critical juncture, with interoperability, interlinking, accessibility, and collaboration top of mind for 2023. We’re pleased to present the second annual Central Bank Payments News supplement, a collection…

The Digital Pound: A Game Changer for the UK’s Commercial Banks and PSPs

On 7 February, the Bank of England and HM Treasury announced the intention to consult on the introduction of a digital pound. My name is Graeme Donald, I'm retired now and spend my time with my family, on the golf course and travelling. Prior to that…

BISIH: Enhancing Payments Through Innovations to Central Banks’ Payment Systems

Technology is revolutionising the provision of financial services. Central banks and other public authorities are identifying the opportunities this opens up, and one response has been to set up innovation functions. The Bank for International Settlements…

To Improve CBDC Technology Research, First Clarify Its Goals

Currently, many CBDC technology projects seem to duplicate past work or conduct work without clear goals, even as key technology questions remain unanswered. How can central banks investigate CBDC and communicate their work more effectively to avoid risks…

ProgressSoft: A Promising Path to Interoperable Cross-Border Payments

By leveraging emerging technologies, and availing infrastructure to seamlessly integrate with those technologies both at a bi-currency level (country-to-country) and at a multi-CBDC level or consortium of multiple countries, a foundation for a truly global…

An Inflection Point for Global Payments: Industry Perspectives in 2023

The global payments ecosystem is at a critical juncture, with interoperability, interlinking, accessibility, and collaboration top of mind for 2023. We’re pleased to present the second annual Central Bank Payments News supplement, a collection of updates…