18 Apr

With a goal of rolling it out by 2030, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand began a new phase of its investigation into a central bank digital currency (CBDC) on April 17.

In this stage, the design of the CBDC, which emulates the value of the real New Zealand dollar (NZD), is refined based on input from the general public.

The digital NZD would make it simple to transfer money between bank accounts and digital and physical currencies.

It would be issued by commercial banks and payment providers, under the supervision of the Reserve Bank, and integrate into the current financial system while maintaining stability.

As cornerstones of the CBDC, privacy and security are emphasized, and the Reserve Bank pledges not to track personal spending.

The goal of the design is to provide a safe substitute for conventional banking while boosting user confidence and safeguarding privacy.

Increasing financial access is one of the main goals of the digital dollar, especially for people without bank accounts.

It guarantees simple access and Bluetooth operation, which is vital in case of power shortages.

Identity verifications and compliance checks will not be handled by the Reserve Bank directly, but rather by commercial organizations under some level of monitoring.

Compared to stablecoins and cryptocurrencies, the CBDC is thought to be a more secure option because it presents fewer threats to the stability of the national economy.

It will support smart contracts, which would enable conditional and automatic payments. By safeguarding transactions, this could help local businesses.

After the July 26 deadline for consultations, a more thorough design phase including cost analysis until 2026 will commence.

The CBDC might debut in 2030 if prototype development is completed in 2028–2029 after that. This timeline demonstrates how cautiously New Zealand has adopted technologies related to digital currency.

April 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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