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CBDC benefits found in Digital Dollar Project’s pilot study

CBDC benefits found in Digital Dollar Project’s pilot study

The Digital Dollar Project has concluded their pilot study into digital currency opportunities alongside Western Union, BDO Unibank in the Philippines, and Accenture.

The Digital Dollar Project’s objective is to conduct research and explore possibilities of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in the US. CBDCs would be backed by the Federal Reserve, making them more reliable and stable than other cryptocurrencies currently in circulation, such as Bitcoin.

The pilot study examined how CBDCs could be utilised for cross-border remittances using distributed ledger technology (DLT), to create an infrastructure that converts digital US dollars to Philippine pesos.

Kevin Mole, global head of digital assets at Western Union, commented: "Through this pilot study, Western Union has identified several advantages for customers and financial institutions, laying the groundwork for ongoing evaluations of the feasibility and viability of utilising retail CBDCs for cross-border remittances."

The study found that CBDCs could benefit the unbanked and underbanked by being faster and more accessible and transferrable, and reduce the amount of failed transactions. They also highlighted that CBDCs could make transactions at a lower cost, reduce risk through instant settlements, and ensure transfer visibility that would generate more trust from users.

Jennifer Lassiter, executive director of The Digital Dollar Project, stated: "As conversations around CBDC and a 'digital dollar' mature, this cross-border payment pilot is a timely step towards understanding the impact and generating highly-applicable data for retail CBDC use cases. With the support of Western Union and other DDP partners, we will continue to generate the needed research and data to map feasible, real-world use cases that speak to financial institutions, policymakers, and technological partners."

The Digital Dollar Project aims to demonstrate what implementing CBDCs will look like in the US, and this study was a step towards further experimentation for CBDC possibilities in the US. Earlier this year, The Digital Dollar Project announced new hires to bolster of its research.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 04 August, 2023, 11:24Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Digital Dollar Project..... An Organisation with a vested interest in the CBDC movement found benefits in the CBDC Movement......

“A digital dollar would help future-proof the greenback and allow individuals and global enterprises to make payments in dollars irrespective of space and time. We are launching the Digital Dollar Project to catalyze a digital, tokenized U.S. currency that would coexist with other Federal Reserve liabilities and serve as a settlement medium to meet the demands of the new digital world and a cheaper, faster and more inclusive global financial system.”

J. Chris Giancarlo, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and co-founder of the Digital Dollar Foundation...

Now the founder and Chairman has told you what outcome to reach (DDP Team members), your job is to reach that outcome!!!  I think Mr Giancarlo should have let his team reach their own conclusions. Will DDP reccomend Interest payments to CBDC holders to offset the seigniorage that will be introduced by CBDC alongside the effects of Quantative easing and inflation?