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Four Countries Agree to Test Cross-Border Payments Using Digital Currencies

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced yesterday that Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa have agreed to test cross-border payments using central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in late 2021 and early 2022.

The effort has been dubbed Project Dunbar, an apparent reference to Dunbar's number, which states that humans can only maintain 150 stable relationships because our brains are too small to keep track of additional social bonds.

BIS said in the announcement that banks within the four countries would collaborate with the BIS Innovation Hub on "prototypes for shared platforms that will enable international settlements with digital currencies issued by multiple central banks."

The Register noted that none of the four countries participating in Project Dunbar has a working CBDC. That means the results of Project Dunbar could heavily influence their plans moving forward—especially if they're already wary of CBDCs.

As for why any of these institutions should care about CBDCs: "These multi-CBDC platforms will allow financial institutions to transact directly with each other in the digital currencies issued by participating central banks," BIS said, "eliminating the need for intermediaries and cutting the time and cost of transactions."

CBDCs have also grown increasingly popular among other countries. For example, China has reportedly processed over $5.3 billion in transactions with its digital yuan, and the U.S. Federal Reserve is planning to publish a report on a digital USD, too.

Digital currencies also have the backing of the World Bank and the International Money Fund, which along with BIS, published a report in favor of them for G20 in July, so there's growing consensus that CBDCs are the payment method of the future.

That future might arrive quickly: BIS said that it expects to show off a technical prototype of Project Dunbar's shared platforms at the Singapore FinTech Festival in November 2021 and plans to share the project's findings "in early 2022."

  • freedomfries
    Cross border payments have been done with real, open standards digital currencies for years. BIS is LATE to the game...
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  • IceQueen0607
    Australia doesn't seem wary of CDBCs, though it's people should be.
    Australia recently announced (Well, NSW at this stage, but other stages will follow suit shortly), that they are elimianting cash by 2022 moving to a virtual wallet currency by mid-2022. Eliminating local banks, and moving to a central banking system that the people have no choice in or control of (at present we control which banks we put out money in and how much and when).

    All freedoms in that area will be gone. NSW's is expecting its people to move all of their money to a virtual wallet in 2022.

    Not a good direction imho.
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  • freedomfries
    IceQueen0607 said:
    Australia doesn't seem wary of CDBCs, though it's people should be.
    Australia recently announced (Well, NSW at this stage, but other stages will follow suit shortly), that they are elimianting cash by 2022 moving to a virtual wallet currency by mid-2022. Eliminating local banks, and moving to a central banking system that the people have no choice in or control of (at present we control which banks we put out money in and how much and when).

    All freedoms in that area will be gone. NSW's is expecting its people to move all of their money to a virtual wallet in 2022.

    Not a good direction imho.
    You're right. It's not for our own good at all. Australia seems to be the test bed for globalism at the moment. All the hard core jab mandates and sending children to camps to be jabbed without parental consent is pretty totalitarian if you ask me.
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  • DaisyLady
    New things and change can cause anxiety, anger and frustration. But this is a GOOD thing happening! You will see!
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  • InvalidError
    Most major credit cards allow you to buy stuff across borders in whatever original currency the payment is requested as, only got to pay the exchange fee baked into the buy/sell rates.
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