Tagged: reserve bank

Brazil’s Reserve Bank Launches its PIX Instant Payments Platform, Might Allow WhatsApp P2P Payments Soon

Brazil’s reserve bank has launched its PIX instant payments platform and has also noted that WhatsApp might soon be allowed to reintroduce its peer to peer (P2P) payments service in the South American country. PIX allows local residents, companies, and government agencies to carry out… Read More

Tourism Industry has Struggled due to COVID, and now Many Tourism focused Countries May Adopt Digital Currencies to Boost Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many different socioeconomic challenges. It has definitely been a really tough year for the travel and tourism industry as most people were forced to cancel their travelling plans and stay at home (to prevent the further spread of the virus)…. Read More

Brazil’s Reserve Bank Introduces Regulatory Sandbox Program to Support Financial and Payment Innovations

​Brazil’s National Monetary Council (CMN), which is responsible for establishing monetary and credit policies, will be working with Banco Central do Brasil (BCB), the nation’s reserve bank, in order to create guidelines for managing the operation of the “Controlled Tests Environment for Financial and Payment… Read More

Central Bank of the UAE Releases Updated Regulatory Guidelines for Digital Payments or Stored Value Facilities

The central bank in the UAE has issued new regulations on Stored Value Facilities (SVF). The updated regulatory guidelines apply to local Fintech companies and various other non-bank payment service providers. The new guidelines aim to make it easier to access the UAE market while… Read More

Ocean Protocol to Work with Central Bank of Germany to Develop Decentralized Data Sovereignty Solution

The developers of the Ocean Protocol (OCEAN), which allows software engineers to build marketplaces and other apps to privately and securely publish, exchange, and consume data, have partnered with the Central Bank of Germany. Through the partnership, both organizations will develop a “decentralized” data sovereignty… Read More

Bank of Japan Official Argues that No Single Virtual Currency will Dominate Global Transactions

A Bank of Japan official recently noted that there’s no single virtual currency that will completely dominate global transactions, but only if reserve banks focus on enhancing their existing settlement systems. China, which has been leading the charge when it comes to implementing a national… Read More

Egyptian Central Bank Provides New Guidelines for Opening Bank Accounts for Individuals and SMEs, Aimed at Enabling Financial Inclusion

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has reportedly issued updated guidelines and instructions that will allow local residents and small businesses to open certain types of bank accounts under various terms and conditions. The CBE sent a letter to local banks in which it noted… Read More

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

CBDCs: Ukraine’s Reserve Bank Official Claims Central Bank Digital Currencies Need Private Sector to be Successful

Ukraine’s reserve bank claims that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) may work well when the private sector is involved. The country’s central banking institution had launched a pilot program back in 2018 that had focused on developing a digital version of Ukraine’s national currency (the… Read More

CBDCs: Wang Yongli, Former VP of China’s Reserve Bank, Argues that Central Bank Digital Currencies can Serve as Cash Substitute

Wang Yongli, the former VP of China’s reserve bank, has argued that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can serve as a substitute for cash or paper money in circulation. Yongli, the director of the Haixia Blockchain Research Institute, noted that virtual currencies can effectively serve… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan and the Central Bank in the Philippines Continue to Conduct Research to Determine Feasibility of Digital Currencies

The Bank of Japan or BOJ (JASDAQ: 8301), the nation’s central bank that’s headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo, has reportedly appointed Kazushige Kamiyama, a prominent economist, as its head of a department that’s tasked with conducting research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Reuters reports that… Read More

US Federal Reserve Confirms it has No Concrete Plans to Launch Digital Currency, but Might be Ready when it’s Necessary

The US Federal Reserve has confirmed on multiple occasions that it has no immediate or concrete plans to introduce its own digital currency. However, Robert Bench, the Assistant VP working in the secure payments group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said that the… Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines is Working on Digital Banking Guidelines including Minimal Capital Requirements

The BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas), the central bank of the Philippines, is working on a new set of guidelines for digital banks that plan on establishing operations in the country. The BSP confirmed that foreign individuals or business entities will be able to own… Read More

Digital Onboarding: Bank Negara, Malaysia’s Central Bank, Releases Updated e-KYC Policy Document, Effective Immediately

Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation’s central bank, released a policy document on July 1, 2020, that covers electronic or digital know-your-customer (e-KYC) requirements. The document is an update to the reserve bank’s earlier exposure draft from December 2019. The new policy went into effect immediately… Read More

Fintech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge: UAE’s Central Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Market to Support Local and International Fintech Projects

The central bank of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market, an international financial center and free zone based on the Al Maryah Island in the nation’s capital, Abu Dhabi, noted on July 1, 2020, that they’re inviting Fintech firms to… Read More

Consumers Might Shift Financial Holdings to Stablecoin Denominated Assets if Existing Payments Systems aren’t Improved, Sweden’s Riksbank Says

In February 2020, Sweden began piloting an electronic version of its national currency, the e-krona. The European nation’s government had confirmed at that time that the e-krona was a step closer to its official launch as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Riksbank, the central… Read More

WhatsApp Payments have been Suspended by Brazil’s Reserve Bank to “Preserve Adequate Competitive Environment”

Brazil’s reserve bank has reportedly instructed Mastercard and Visa to suspend processing transactions on behalf of WhatsApp. As reported on June 15, 2020, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging platform began facilitating payments in Brazil. However, the Central Bank of Brazil (BC) has now taken action against… Read More

CBDCs: South Korean Reserve Bank Appoints Legal Team to Explore Feasability of Issuing a Digital Currency

South Korea’s reserve bank has reportedly appointed a six-member legal advisory team to look into the feasibility and potential benefits of issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Korean central bank’s advisory group includes three university professors, two legal experts, and a senior official… Read More

Digital Banking: State Bank of Pakistan Might Provide Virtual Accounts to Overseas Pakistanis to Help them Manage their Finances

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the nation’s central bank, recently revealed that it’s looking into whether it should provide digital bank accounts to Pakistanis residing abroad. Reza Baqir, the reserve bank’s governor, noted that overseas Pakistanis won’t have to be physically in the country… Read More

People’s Bank of China Announces Second Batch of 11 Fintech Projects to Participate in Regulatory Sandbox Program

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the nation’s reserve bank with around $3.2 trillion in assets, recently announced the second batch of Fintech initiatives that will take part in a pilot program involving new regulations. The pilots will take place in China’s capital, Beijing, and… Read More

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