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cryptocoinsnews : Singapore’s Central Bank Completes Blockchain Payments Pilot, Nods at Digital Currency

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank, has successfully completed its blockchain inter-bank payments proof-of-concept (PoC) project.
The blockchain inter-bank platform works is with banks depositing cash as collateral in exchange for central-bank issued digital currency.
The second project focuses on new methods to conduct cross border payments using central bank digital currency.
Payments and settlements between participating banks occur with the MAS digital currency.
The possibilities of the MAS central bank digital currency put to use for cross-border payments beyond regional settlements will take focus, alongside research toward securities trading.

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Coin Center and the Future of Digital Currency

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Singapore’s Central Bank Completes Digital Currency Trial

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Singapore’s central bank has completed a distributed ledger trial focused on inter-bank payments, officials said today.
The second project focuses on new methods to conduct cross border payments using central bank digital currency.”
According to the central bank, further tests are planned that will utilize the tech and lessons gleaned from the first test.
The MAS said:”MAS has plans for two spin-off projects that will leverage the lessons of the inter-bank payments project.
According to the bank, the aim was to develop “a digital representation of the Singapore dollar for interbank settlement”.

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