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Mastercard Partners with Crypto Leaders to Explore Central Bank Digital Currency Potential

CryptoMastercard Partners with Crypto Leaders to Explore Central Bank Digital Currency Potential

Mastercard has introduced a partnership initiative aimed at exploring the potential and limitations of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). This collaboration involves seven prominent crypto and FinTech companies, including Ripple and ConsenSys. The primary focus of the program is to examine how CBDCs can coexist with existing payment mechanisms, identify challenges they could address, and assess their suitability for various use cases.

Mastercard’s goal is to encourage industry collaboration to achieve these objectives, facilitated through the partnership program. Participants in the program include Fluency, Idemia, Consult Hyperion, Giesecke+Devrient, and Fireblocks.

Mastercard acknowledges that there are numerous areas to explore as CBDC technology matures. One challenge is the relatively low adoption of CBDCs at present, with many central banks indicating that they are unlikely to issue digital currencies for everyday transactions in the near term.

Mastercard’s efforts in this field include initiatives by partners such as Fluency, working on interoperability among various CBDCs, Consult Hyperion’s collaboration with central banks and payment processors to define CBDC requirements, and Ripple’s project involving the launch of a government-backed national stablecoin in partnership with the Republic of Palau.

By FCCT Editorial Team

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are independent views solely of the author(s) expressed in their private capacity.

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