China’s digital yuan breaks £12.4bn in transaction volume

Shanghai, China

China’s CBDC project - the digital yuan - has seen more than 360 million transactions completed with a total value of 100 billion yuan (£12.4bn).

Although still in its pilot phase, such stats make the digital yuan, or e-CNY, the most widely adopted CBDC in the world.

The latest figures come from an official WeChat post by the Bank of China on October 10. Almost six million merchants are now supporting the digital yuan as legal tender across 15 provinces participating...

Reserve Bank of India goes in-depth on its CBDC plans

India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released a 51-page report outlining the proposed features of its in-development central bank digital currency (CBDC).

The report details the pros and cons of a digital rupee for India whilst also trying to raise awareness for the reasoning and objectives behind CBDC development.

Key motivations for issuing a CBDC, according to the report, include the promotion of trust, safety, liquidity, and settlement finality.

Reducing the...

BIS declares cross-national Asian CBDC pilot successful

Transaction

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has declared a multinational central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot a success.

More than £20.5 million was transacted during the month-long testing phase between commercial and central banks in Hong Kong, Thailand, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Initially £11 million worth of value was issued amongst participants, which then facilitated 164 foreign exchange transactions and cross-border payments between the...

Canada’s Conservative Party elects pro-crypto Pierre Poilievre

Canada Symbolism

Pierre Poilievre, a staunch crypto advocate and Ontario Member of Parliament, has won the Conservative Party of Canada’s (CPC) leadership race by a major margin.

The Alberta-born lawmaker, who said he “wants to make Canada the blockchain capital of the world”, garnered 68% of the conservative vote. His closest rival, former Quebec premier Jean Charest, netted a meagre 16% of total votes.

As the new leader of the country’s main opposition party, Poilievre is...

Nigeria plans to create a crypto-friendly free zone with Binance

Nigeria

The Nigerian government is in discussions with crypto exchange Binance regarding a potential crypto-friendly economic zone similar to Dubai’s virtual free zone.

On 2 September, the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), announced that it had held preliminary meetings with Binance and tech infrastructure firm Talent City to talk over the proposed “first Virtual Free Zone in West Africa”.

The zone would focus on blockchain and the digital economy, making...

Ripple: Most financial institutions plan to use crypto within three years

A report by Ripple suggests that most financial institutions plan to start using crypto within the next three years.

Despite the bear market, financial institutions remain interested in the cryptocurrency space. Just this week, $10 trillion asset manager BlackRock launched a spot Bitcoin trust while saying that it’s also exploring “permissioned blockchains, stablecoins, cryptoassets, and tokenization.”

While BlackRock is exploring the potential financial benefits...

2.6 million Shenzhen residents sign up for digital yuan airdrop

Shenzhen, China

More than 2.6 million of Shenzhen’s 18 million residents signed up for the Chinese city’s upcoming airdrop of 30 million digital yuan, or e-CNY.

City officials announced the airdrop two months ago as part of a recovery plan to stimulate consumer spending after the country’s most stringent coronavirus lockdown to date.

Digital yuan is the Chinese government’s take on a central bank digital currency and, although still in its pilot stage, has seen millions of...

Millicent Labs demos full-reserve digital currency for UK government

Blockchain fintech company Millicent Labs has completed a sandbox test for a full-reserve digital currency (FRDC) with co-funding from the UK government’s Research and Innovation branch.

An FRDC is a privately issued digital currency pegged to a fiat currency, according to Millicent. The company believes it avoids the pitfalls of central bank digital currency and stablecoins while bridging blockchain technology with traditional finance.

Millicent plans to introduce a...

Digital dollar would destroy commercial banking sector, Wall Street warns

US banking lobbyists have argued against the Federal Reserve – the country’s central bank – developing and introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Having released a report on the potential of the “digital dollar” in January, the Fed invited and received thousands of comments from individuals and organisations alike.

Chief amongst these were profound criticisms and warnings from Wall Street and national banking groups.

The Washington-based...

Bank of England joins MIT as CBDC research partner

The Bank of England and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have agreed to collaborate on a twelve-month joint research project into central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Alongside MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), the bank will explore the potential technical challenges, trade-offs, and risks involved in designing a CBDC system. The project is intended to be for research purposes only and will not result in an operational...