Ripple to Work with Saudi Arabia’s Central Bank

Saudi Central Bank provides sandbox for banks to try out Ripple technology  
14 February 2018   1298

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.

SendFriend to Raise $1.7 from Ripple & Mastercard

SendFriend got into the business accelerator "Barclays powered by TechStars" in September 2018
13 February 2019   160

New York-based payment startup SendFriend, focused on the use of XRP tokens for international remittances, closed a $ 1.7 million financing round from Barclays and fintech, Ripple, CoinDesk reports.

Mastercard Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Techstars Incubator, Mahindra Finance, 2020 Ventures and 8 Decimal Capital also took part in the round.

Note that SendFriend got into the business accelerator "Barclays powered by TechStars" in September 2018.

According to the representatives of the startup, the funds raised will be used to expand the staff, work with the community and marketing.

Initially, a startup will focus on labor migrants from the Philippines who regularly make remittances to their homeland from the United States. Converting US dollars to XRP tokens, and then to the Philippine peso, according to SendFriend, took few seconds.

It is noteworthy that SendFriend commissions will be 65% below the average in the traditional cross-border transfer industry.