Digital Euro to Handle ‘Almost Unlimited’ Payments, Estonian Central Bank Says After Test – Fintech Bitcoin News

A blockchain-based digital euro would be highly scalable allowing it to process an almost unlimited number of payments, the central bank of Estonia has concluded following a recent experiment. Central banks from several euro area countries and the ECB participated in the test, which also professed to show the digital currency’s carbon footprint would be smaller than that of card payments. 300,000 Payments a Second Processed During Digital Euro Trial An experiment carried out as part of the recently launched ‘Investigation Phase’ of the digital euro project has established that…

Nigerian Central Bank Stops Forex Sales to Bureaus de Change — Operators Accused of Feeding Black Market – Finance Bitcoin News

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently announced the abrupt end to sales and outsourcing of foreign exchange to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators after accusing them of failing to stick to their core mandate. Instead of providing forex to retail users, BDCs are believed to be supplying the scarce resource to so-called “illegal” dealers. BDC Operators Accused of Fueling Parallel Market Activity The illegal dealers, in turn, avail the foreign exchange to clients at parallel market exchange rates. For instance, while the CBN insists that the naira’s exchange rate…

DeFi cannot be fully regulated, Siam Commercial Bank president says

Dr. Arak Sutivong, the CEO of SCB 10X and the president of Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), has offered an insight into how one of the largest venture capital funds in Southeast Asia views the future of DeFi when it comes to the contentious question of regulation. SCB 10X is the venture arm of SCB, Thailand’s oldest bank, and mostly focuses on investing in blockchain-based financial services, such as DeFi and digital assets.  In his opening speech at SCB 10X’s second annual global DeFi virtual summit, REDeFiNE, Dr. Sutivong stressed that…

Namibia Central Bank to Complete Crypto Study By April 2022 — Governor Says Current Laws Do not Permit Use of Digital Assets – Regulation Bitcoin News

The Bank of Namibia (BON) is on course to complete its study into cryptocurrencies by April 2022, the central bank governor, Johannes Gawaxab recently confirmed. The governor however reiterated that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender as there is currently no provision for digital currency use in the country’s laws. Although Gawaxab did acknowledge that cryptocurrencies “are not a bad thing,” he still argues that attempts to approve the use of cryptocurrencies in Namibia will not be easy. In a video shared by the country’s state broadcaster, the governor explains why…

81 Countries Are Now Exploring Central Bank Digital Currencies — 5 CBDCs Fully Launched – Regulation Bitcoin News

Eighty-one countries are now exploring central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), according to a new tracker. This number is 46 more countries than the number in May last year. In addition, five countries have fully launched their own digital currencies. 81 Central Banks Explore Launching Own Digital Currencies The Atlantic Council’s Geoeconomics Center unveiled a new central bank digital currency (CBDC) tracker featuring an interactive database last week. The Geoeconomics Center described itself as “a nonpartisan organization that galvanizes U.S. leadership and engagement in the world, in partnership with allies and…

After Barclays and Santander, UK Bank Natwest Blocks Payments to Binance – News Bitcoin News

A major high street bank in the U.K., Natwest, has blocked payments to crypto exchange Binance. Natwest’s decision came after two other major British banks — Barclays and Santander — made a similar move to block fund transfers to Binance. The banks acted in response to a warning on the cryptocurrency exchange by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Natwest Blocking Fund Transfers to Binance British bank Natwest (NWG.L) has reportedly become the latest financial institution in the U.K. to block payments to cryptocurrency exchange Binance. According to its 2020…

Central Bank of Colombia Announces First Blockchain Bond Pilot Program – Bitcoin News

The Central Bank of Colombia has announced its involvement in the first blockchain bond pilot program in the country, with the participation of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and Davivienda, a private commercial bank. The proof of concept will use the Lacchain blockchain platform developed by the IDB, which will handle the operative part of the issuance. Central Bank of Colombia Joins Blockchain Bond Pilot Program The Central Bank of Colombia has announced its participation in the first blockchain bond program in the country. Issued by Davivienda, one…

64% of Adults from 10 Different Countries Would Use a Central Bank Digital Currency: Report – Bitcoin News

As central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) advance in testing, a number of countries have taken the lead in an effort to create a CBDC. The enterprise blockchain firm Guardtime recently conducted a survey that shows adults from ten different countries would likely use a CBDC. Nearly two out of three respondents said they would likely use a CBDC after launch and most of the study’s participants believe a major CBDC will be launched within three years. 63% of Survey Respondents Would Leverage a CBDC if Launched, 33% Would Be ‘Very…

French Central Bank Conducts Fifth Experiment on Tunisia CBDC – Fintech Bitcoin News

The French central bank, Banque de France (BOF), recently carried out its fifth experiment on the Central Bank of Tunisia (CBT)’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). According to a statement from BOF, the latest experiment is part of the banks’ joint effort to create conditions that are “conducive to a better inclusion of the Tunisian diaspora in Europe.” Platform Targets Tunisian Diaspora In his comments following the experiment, Mohamed Sadraoui, a director-general at CBT, suggested that the CBDC platform’s success will likely “reinforce transparency, speed and cost savings” for users.…

French Central Bank Conducts Fifth Experiment on Tunisia CBDC – Fintech Bitcoin News

The French central bank, Banque de France (BOF), recently carried out its fifth experiment on the Central Bank of Tunisia (CBT)’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). According to a statement from BOF, the latest experiment is part of the banks’ joint effort to create conditions that are “conducive to a better inclusion of the Tunisian diaspora in Europe.” Platform Targets Tunisian Diaspora In his comments following the experiment, Mohamed Sadraoui, a director-general at CBT, suggested that the CBDC platform’s success will likely “reinforce transparency, speed and cost savings” for users.…