June 25, 2021

Breaking: France and Switzerland Launch Cross-Border CBDC Trials

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The central banks of France and Switzerland have joined hands to launch the cross-border commercial trials for CBDC. Both central banks have partnered with a number of commercial banks including UBS Group AG, Credit Suisse Group AG, Accenture Plc, and Natixis SA to test the central bank digital currencies.

The collaborative effort was introduced under the innovation center at the Bank for International Settlements.

Benoit Coeure, BIS Innovation Hub head stated,

The G20 has actually made improving cross-border payments a priority. This experiment contributes to this work by exploring how wholesale CBDC could boost speed, performance, and transparency in cross-border use cases.”

The business trials would check the cross-border remittance functionalities and exchange of a monetary instrument against a euro CBDC. The Swiss National Bank and the Bank of France stressed that the continuous trials should not be seen as a guarantee for the issuance of full-fledged CBDC.

G-20 Nations Gear Up to Counter China’s Progress

The current joint trials by the reserve banks of France and Switzerland are the first significant trials by any country apart from China. Earlier Russia announced it would start its CBDC trials in 2022. South Korea and Japan are anticipated to begin their trials during the exact same amount of time.

China is presently at the forefront of the CBDC game, having begun the development of digital yuan in 2014 itself. The advancement of digital yuan began jn 2019 and China has actually been evaluating the CBDC on a mass scale ever since. The trials started with travel subsidiaries for government employees and are presently being airdropped and checked across significant provinces in the nation.

The United States along with several other G-20 nations see China’s development in the field as a hazard and have accelerated their development process. The current G-20 meeting likewise went over CBDC strategies and released a common regulatory prepare for the same.

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