New York Fed Reserve Partners With MAS to Explore Wholesale CBDCsby Fintech News Singapore November 14, 2022
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s New York Innovation Center (NYIC) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced a joint experiment to investigate how wholesale central bank digital currencies (wCBDCs) could improve the efficiency of cross-border wholesale payments involving multiple currencies.
Project Cedar Phase II x Ubin+ will enhance designs for atomic settlement of cross-border cross-currency transactions, leveraging wCBDCs as a settlement asset.
The effort, which entails establishing connectivity across multiple heterogeneous simulated currency ledgers, aims to significantly reduce settlement risk, a key pain point in cross-border cross-currency transactions.
Project Cedar is a multi-phase research effort to develop a technical framework for a theoretical wCBDC in the Federal Reserve context. Phase I found that using a wCBDC prototype to facilitate transactions supported by blockchain technology could improve the speed and safety of cross-border wholesale payments.
Menwhile, the recently launched Ubin+ is MAS’ collaborative initiative with international partners to improve the efficiency and reduce the risks of cross-border foreign exchange settlement, by advancing cross-border connectivity and interoperability of wholesale digital currencies.
A report detailing the experiment and findings of Project Cedar Phase II x Ubin+ will be released in 2023.
Michelle Neal, Head of the Markets Group at the New York Fed said,
“Experimentation across the central banking community is vital to leverage the full potential of digital assets and CBDCs in particular.
Building off Phase I, the Project Cedar Phase II x Ubin+ collaboration will provide further visibility into the functionality and interoperability of multi-currency ledger networks utilising their own unique designs.”
Leong Sing Chiong, Deputy Managing Director (Markets & Development), MAS said,
“Project Cedar Phase II x Ubin+ advances global efforts to evaluate the benefits of wholesale CBDCs and help build capabilities for a future financial infrastructure that is open and interoperable.
The project takes a practical approach and designs for any future wholesale CBDC to be interoperable across networks, while maintaining each network’s autonomy.”