Bhutan is running its Pilot for CBDC through Ripple

ByEdward Thompson

Sep 22, 2021

Since the end of the third quarter of 2020, the world has been thinking about adopting the central bank’s digital currency (CBDC) technology. Many countries from around the world have been aiming to develop, experiment, and launch central bank digital currencies.

So far, several countries such as China, Russia, Georgia, and many more have almost completed their work on the central bank digital currency.

When it comes to the adoption of central bank digital currency, Bhutan is also aiming to onboard the CBDC train. This is the reason why Bhutan has already started developing central bank digital currency.

In order to complete its development and testing of the central bank’s digital currency, Bhutan has acquired the help and support of Ripple. The reports reveal that Bhutan’s Royal Monetary Authority has announced that in order to perform a pilot for the CBDC, it has partnered with Ripple.

With the help of Ripple, the monetary authority of Bhutan will be working towards the testing of CBDC. They will be performing all the tests and experiments in order to assess the functionality and outcome of adopting CBDC.

Ripple Labs has also confirmed the news from its end on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The company has announced that it will let the authority of Bhutan benefit from the private ledger technology that it has developed for CBDC.

With the help of technology, the monetary authority of Bhutan will be able to issue the central bank’s digital currency. The Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan would also be able to manage the digital ngultrum through the private ledger provided by Ripple Labs.

Ripple has confirmed that the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan approached Ripple Labs with their partnership proposal. According to Ripple Labs, it was an invaluable opportunity for them to form a partnership with the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan and work on the CBDC.

This way, Ripple Labs will also be able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge in the CBDC sector. This partnership would add another star for the company that it helped a country in the development and testing of its digital fiat currency.

Ripple Labs has confirmed that it will be helping the RMA go through all the major aspects and functionalities of digital ngultrum.

Throughout the pilot phase, both entities will be helping each other out for improving cross-border payment efforts. Furthermore, the digital ngultrum will also be added to the country’s legislation and will be available for the locals.

Their main focus would be on the scalability, sustainability, and protection of the environment. The country’s aim is to become carbon-negative and adoption of CBDC would be the first step towards the goal.

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