Ripple to Work with Saudi Arabia’s Central Bank

Saudi Central Bank provides sandbox for banks to try out Ripple technology  
14 February 2018   901

Together with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Ripple is going to create a pilot programme to enable local banks to deploy xCurrent for cross-border payments.

This pilot programme will provide interested Saudi banks with program management and training. it is the first of its kind to be launched by a central bank.

According to Dilip Rao, global head of infrastructure innovation at Ripple, central banks all over the world are interested in blockchain technology in order to understand how it can transform cross-border payments. It will result in lower barriers for both corporations and consumers.

SAMA will provide resources to domestic banks that want to enable instant payments using Ripple’s innovative blockchain solution. It has the potential to revolutionise cross-border payments, making it cheaper and more transparent. SAMA will be the second central bank to use blockchain technology to revolutionize payments.

Crypto Won't Replace Fiat, XRP CEO Says

But head of Ripple believes that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution
05 September 2018   436

Ripple's CEO Brad Garlinghouse is convinced that the fiat currency will not lose relevance in the near future and called "senseless" the possible replacement of traditional currencies with digital assets. The future of crypto currency lies in cross-border transactions, Garlinghouse said in the Stanford Legal podcast. This is reported by CoinSpeaker.

I don’t think we’re going to be buying coffee at Starbucks with Bitcoin or XRP anytime soon. I think we’ve got to ask ourselves: What problem is that solving? You were talking about paying for the day spa bill and how you do that, but I think in some ways the friction – fiat currency, the US dollar in this case works pretty well, and so we need to make sure it’s better than that before we talk about it as a currency…
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

According to Garlinghouse, cryptocurrencies can be used in the st way in international payments and as a means of preserving value. This is especially true of crisis and weak economies, with a high level of inflation. He noted that the average annual inflation of the currencies of countries outside the G20 is about 6%.

There are economies where the fiat currency is at best a weak currency. And in those contexts, if I were a consumer experiencing hyperinflation – would you rather hold a cryptocurrency or your fiat currency? And in a lot of those cases, you’re seeing people take their dollars, or not dollars, pesos of various sorts, and saying, ‘I’d rather hold this because it’s a better asset to hold in terms of its potential appreciation and lack of inflation.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

The head of Ripple stressed that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution. He also noted the Ripple, which allows to conduct international transactions "almost in real time". This will help many companies save time and resources.

We had one of the largest banks in Australia, the CEO told me that 40% of all of their consumer wire transfers result in a customer service phone call. The frustrating thing for the bank is not only do they have to absorb the cost of taking a customer service phone call, they also deliver the news that they don’t know wait a couple more days it’ll probably be there.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Earlier, the Northern District Court of California rejected a class action lawsuit filed by investor Ryan Coffey against Ripple Labs Inc. on behalf of everyone who bought XRP tokens after January 1, 2013. The company was accused of illegally manipulating the price of XRP.