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Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan, Ripple Partner to Pilot CBDC Using Private Blockchain

Ripple, a provider of enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions for cross-border payments, is collaborating with Bhutan’s central bank, the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA)to pilot a central bank digital currency (CBDC) using Ripple’s CBDC Private Ledger.

The RMA will pilot retail, cross-border and wholesale payment use cases for a digital Ngultrum in phases using Ripple’s sustainable blockchain technology. Doing so will help accelerate its mission to increase financial inclusion in Bhutan to 85% by 2023.

“Our collaboration with Ripple is testament to the potential of CBDCs to provide an alternative and sustainable digital payment instrument in Bhutan,” said Yangchen Tshogyel, deputy governor of the Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan. “Ripple’s groundbreaking technology will allow for the experimentation of a CBDC with our existing payments infrastructure—while ensuring efficient and cost-effective cross-border transfers.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the RMA on its CBDC agenda and foster our shared values in creating a more sustainable, accessible, and financially inclusive reality,” said James Wallis, VP of Central Bank Engagements at Ripple. “In addition to providing the full lifecycle of CBDC requirements, Ripple’s solution offers central banks the superior functionality and interoperability needed to implement global cross-border CBDC payments.”

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