Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and fintech company Bitt, Inc. (Barbados) have announced their partnership to pilot a blockchain technology among the member countries of Barbados. Pilot testing of the blockchain technology is going to focus such segments of the banking system as Know Your Customer, Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism. Another key purpose of the tests is establishing Eastern Caribbean digital currency on par with the physical one.
This FinTech pilot is part of the Bank’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021. The aim of the pilot is to ascertain the suitability of blockchain technology to help boost economic growth and competitiveness in the region consistent with the ECCB’s monetary and financial stability objective.
Timothy N.J Antoine
As for the member countries as a testing ground, those are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Bitt, Inc. will conduct the pilot testing under the supervision of ECCB in 2018. Such project is not new for the fintech company: in February the company agreed to develop a digital payments platform for the island Montserrat that happens to also be in Caribbean region.
We are proud to collaborate with the ECCB in the development of this pilot study to explore technological solutions to some of the all too real problems affecting the region, its institutions and most importantly its people.
CEO, Bitt Inc.