South Korean Central Bank Accelerates Plans for CBDC Rollout

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  • The Bank of Korea (BOK) is set to accelerate its Central Bank Digital Currency project, planning a pilot program with 100,000 participants to test the digital Korean Won by the end of 2024.
  • In collaboration with key regulatory bodies, the BOK will conduct usability experiments for its CBDC, aiming to establish a network that can create and circulate three types of tokens distinct from traditional cryptocurrencies.
  • The BOK intends to introduce two new digital currencies, focusing on practical applications such as deposit tokens and digital vouchers during a live transaction trial, while addressing concerns from the private sector about potential impacts on commercial activities.

The Bank of Korea (BOK) plans to accelerate its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) initiative.

 As reported by Newsway, the bank aims to conduct a pilot program involving 100,000 participants by the end of 2024. This program will assess the functionality of the digital Korean Won in terms of usability and deposit capabilities.

The Central Bank of South Korea is considering CBDC usability experiments 

In October last year, the Bank of Korea disclosed its intentions to initiate “CBDC usability experiments” in collaboration with the country’s leading regulatory bodies, the Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervisory Service. Additionally, legislators have crafted a law that establishes a clear distinction between CBDCs and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC). The bank has revealed its strategy to “establish a pilot CBDC network,” which aims to “create and circulate” three “varieties” of tokens “rooted in institutional CBDC frameworks.”

The strategy involves the Bank of Korea (BOK) launching and circulating tokens similar to deposits and electronic money. This initiative is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of the year.

BOK to launch two types of digital currencies

The BOK plans to launch two types of digital currencies: Digital Currency I (deposit token) and Digital Currency II (money token). During a live transaction experiment, as many as 100,000 individuals will have the opportunity to directly engage with and assess the effectiveness of private digital currencies in commercial settings. Specifically, the trial will concentrate on employing deposit tokens alongside digital vouchers. These vouchers will be programmed to purchase particular products for certain uses, showcasing the capabilities of digital currency programming functions.

Various countries are advancing their Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) initiatives. For instance, the UAE Central Bank has encouraged all UAE Commercial banks and payment processors to participate in pilot integration for CBDC digital dirham. Also, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that non-payment operators will now offer CBDC wallets in the country.

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