Thailand to Issue Central Bank Digital Currency

Solution called 'Project Inthanon' will be based on the Corda blockchain technology
23 August 2018   780

The Bank of Thailand (BoT) announced the launch of Project Inthanon, an initiative aimed at creating its own digital currency, CCN reports.

According to the report BoT, the financial regulator of this Asian country has joined forces with 8 partner banks and proceeds to create prototype solutions, which will be based on a Corda Technologies blockchain, created by a consortium of R3.

The project envisages the creation of tokens, through which money transfers across the country can be carried out using the interbank system.

Representatives of BoT noted that similar initiatives are also being implemented by the central banks of Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Earlier this week, the head of the Bank of Thailand, Viratay Santiprabhob noted that crypto can not be directly associated with fraudulent projects.

Also this month, representatives of the BoT said that the country's financial institutions can buy and sell cryptocurrency after obtaining permission from the local Commission on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Facebook to Launch GlobalCoin in 2020, BCC Says

Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England  about regulating the initiative named Libra
24 May 2019   43

Operator of the world's largest social network Facebook Inc. will launch a new payment network based on its own cryptocurrency in the “dozen countries” in the first quarter of 2020, the BBC reports.

The publication claims that Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney about regulating the initiative, code-named Libra.

At the same time, the Financial Times reported that Facebook is already in talks about listing GlobalCoin on the American exchanges Gemini and Coinbase. 

Sources of the publication said that Facebook is discussing with the trading firms Jump and DRW the prospects of market-making and liquidity.

Previously, the media claimed that the company is also in talks to support the initiative with Western Union, Visa and Mastercard.

Testing the network is supposedly scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

On May 2, Facebook registered Libra Networks in Geneva, Switzerland. Its profile involves the development of infrastructure and software, in particular, related to investment activities, payment transactions, financing, identity management, data analysis, Big Data, blockchain and other technologies.