The Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) has been working with the Ukrainian government on their national Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) for a while. The collaboration has started to produce results as the SDF, Bitt, and TASCOMBANK recently deployed a pilot project for the electronic hryvnia on this network.
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Per a press release, the partners will test the CBDC’s use cases and its programmable capabilities. These will be leveraged to pay employees at a company called Diia, and to perform payments to merchants and individuals.
According to the release published by Bitt, the project has been under the supervision of the National Bank of Ukraine aided by their Ministry of Digital Transformation. In that sense, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Oleksandr Bornyakov commented the following on their CBDC’s test phase:
This pilot project will serve as a technological basis for the issuance of electronic money and is the next key step to advance innovation of payment and financial infrastructure in Ukraine.
During the trial on Stellar, the partners will also test the capacity to issue digital currency with “asset-control capabilities for issue”s”. The banking institution will be in charge of testing the implementation of the hryvnia on Bitt’s Digital Currency Management System (DCMS).
The latter company has been in charge of developing a stablecoin with its payment rails for the National Bank of Belize, and it’s behind the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank…