South Korea’s CBDC Tests Make Progress

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Patrick Iturra, Asset/Investment Manager & Consulting.


Progress in South Korea’s CBDC Tests

The Bank of Korea has taken a significant step forward in digital currency adoption. It has successfully concluded the first phase of South Korea’s CBDC tests, moving closer to digitizing its national currency. This stage involved testing the CBDC’s essential functions in a controlled environment, such as production, issuance, and distribution. The bank has confirmed that the CBDC operated as expected under these conditions.

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Transition to Phase Two in CBDC Experiments

Having achieved encouraging results from the initial phase, the Bank of Korea (Statement) is now poised to undertake the second phase of South Korea’s CBDC tests. This part of the experiment will explore additional features of the CBDC, including offline payments and enhancements for protecting personal information.

Despite the successful simulation results, the bank recognizes the need for further testing to confirm the CBDC’s real-world effectiveness. The bank will review the project’s progress when the second phase concludes in June. It also plans to collaborate with different financial institutions for additional usability tests, paving the way for integration with existing financial systems.

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Global Trends in CBDC Trials

Central banks worldwide are increasingly adopting digital currencies, with South Korea’s CBDC experiments reflecting this trend. The swift digitization of economies and the potential advantages of CBDCs are critical drivers of this global movement.

For instance, China has been running tests on its digital currency, the eCNY, for over a year. Similarly, Nigeria launched the eNaira last October 2022, designed to facilitate financial inclusion and minimize cash dependence.

As South Korea begins the second phase of its CBDC testing, its progress is of global interest. A successful test could encourage more nations to expedite their own CBDC projects. However, transitioning to digital currencies is complex and requires careful planning to navigate potential risks. As investigations into CBDCs continue, the future promises exciting developments in digital finance.


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