A Digital Dollar? Here’s How We Start

The Digital Dollar Project is a convener of ideas, people, and organizations to facilitate open experimentation and data collection for consideration. We have set out to explore the thesis that a tokenized U.S. dollar could provide societal and economic…

FIS: Advancing CBDC Network Interoperability and Integration

APIs can significantly accelerate the pace of product and infrastructure development, as well as the integration of various payment systems. The FIS CBDC & Digital Currencies Connected Ecosystem™ can also accelerate delivery of the prototypes, allowing…

Bank of Japan: Pursuing Safety and Efficiency of the Payment and Settlement System as a Whole

In 2016, the Bank launched the FinTech Center in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department. Since its inception, the Center has engaged in efforts to encourage novel technologies that would contribute to the further convenience and efficiency of financial…

The Big Differences Between CBDC and Mobile Money

When considering CBDC versus mobile money, the similarities between the two technologies outweigh their differences. Yet, CBDC is said to be different from any other type of payment instrument including mobile money, card payments, or electronic funds…

OeNB Explores Blockchain for Digital Assets and Payments

In 2021, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) joined forces with OeKB CSD GmbH, the Austrian Treasury (the Republic’s debt management office OeBFA), Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Erste Group Bank AG to launch DELPHI, a joint research project…

AMF: A Practical Guide on CBDC for Arab Central Banks

The main drivers that motivate Arab central banks and monetary authorities to engage in a CBDC project reflect initially the importance of promoting a cashless economy and fostering financial inclusion. The first four drivers are: (i) to move to a cashless…

Special Feature: Industry Perspectives on Charting the Course for Transformative Payments

How the industry is charting the course for transformative payments in 2022 and beyond with Discover® Global Network, EMTECH, FIS, ProgressSoft, RTGS.global, StoneX, Tietoevry, and Visa.

Digital Frontiers: Capacity Building for the Central Bank Digital Currency Journey in Emerging Market and Developing Economies

This year, the Digital Frontiers Institute convened the first CBDC Workshop focusing on emerging market and developing economies. The workshop aimed to: Firm up the understanding of the definition of CBDCs; Increase understanding that the CBDC “pathway”…

Visa: Getting Digital Currencies to Talk to Each Other

In September, Visa published a pair of CBDC reports about Universal Payment Channels (UPCs). The specifics of UPCs are laid out in the research paper Universal Payment Channels: An Interoperability Platform for Digital Currencies. The second paper, Cross-border…

Journey to a Bahamian Digital Dollar

Project Sand Dollar is a Central Bank of The Bahamas initiative to promote more inclusive access to regulated payments and other financial services for unbanked and underbanked communities and socio-economic groups. Additionally, by introducing this retail…