ConsenSys wins competition to develop digital central bank currency (CBDC)

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Well-known Ethereum ecosystem company ConsenSys has won a competition from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA).

Specifically, it was about a study on digital central bank currencies (CBDC). These are the next steps

In addition to China, many other Asian countries are also significantly further in researching digital central bank currencies (CBDC) than, for example, the euro zone. Above all, Hong Kong and Thailand should be mentioned here, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Inthanon-LionRock project in May 2019have signed. Aim of this project is the establishment of a CBDC-based cross-border payment network.

In order to reach the next implementation stage, one would like to make use of ConsenSys’s wealth of experience. ConsenSys was chosen to drive the development together with the consulting firm PwC and Fintech Forms HK.

ConsenSys: Not a blank slate

Not only have numerous Ethereum projects been developed under the umbrella of ConsenSys, but other states and authorities have also drawn on ConsenSys’s technological expertise. ConsenSys has already gained valuable experience by developing and providing decentralized payment networks for central banks, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the South African Reserve Bank.

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While the aforementioned states and central banks are carrying out ever more specific practical tests, there is still disagreement in the euro zone as to the extent to which digital central bank money should play a role in the future. Instead of presenting concrete plans, people have spoken out in favor of strict regulation of stable coins, i.e. the private CBDC alternatives. We recently reported on the consequences of this policy .