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Bank Of Canada And MIT Announce Collaboration To Focus On CBDC Research

Bank Of Canada And MIT Announce Collaboration To Focus On CBDC Research

The Bank of Canada and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced a 12-month collaboration to research Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). The report will be published at the end of the twelve-month research period by the Canadian central bank. 

While going ahead with the research project, Canada’s central bank has so far not committed to creating a stablecoin but has expressed a positive outlook towards them in the past. 

A Year-Long Research Project 

In a press release, the Bank of Canada confirmed its collaboration with MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative team. The collaboration will explore advanced technologies and their impact on the design of any CBDC. The collaboration will significantly help the Bank of Canada’s efforts to study Central Bank Digital Currencies, should it go ahead and create one. 

Bank of Canada stated in its release, 

“The project forms part of the Bank’s wider research and development agenda on digital currencies and fintech. It will focus on exploring and experimenting with potential technology approaches to determine how a CBDC could work. No decision has been made on whether to introduce a CBDC in Canada.”

Any hypothetical CBDC would be pegged to and backed by the Canadian Dollar and circulated on a digital ledger. While no other details about the collaboration are available in the public domain, the Bank of Canada committed to providing an update on the project’s findings once the research period has concluded. 

Bank of Canada’s Prior Studies 

In July 2021, the Bank of Canada had released a staff paper outlining several benefits of Central Bank Digital Currencies, indicating that the central bank was quite bullish on cryptocurrencies. The paper outlined several benefits of CBDCs, stating that it improved consumer choice, promoted healthy competition in the financial sector, and outlined how smart contract functionality could improve money management. 

“Smart contracts could enable programmable money by adding certain attributes to it. For example, money could be programmed to gain or lose value over time, or it could be programmed to be used in transactions for only specific goods or services.”

Other CBDC Projects 

MIT’s Digital Currency Team has worked on several other crypto-related projects. It also played a significant role in contributing to the Federal Reserve of Boston’s CBDC Project. The project’s results from the first phase were recently released in February. This directly contributed to the release of OpenCBDC-tx, a transaction processor that can be used for future CBDCs. 

Central Bank Digital Currencies are being considered by a host of governments and central banks around the world, with several countries such as the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Malaysia already in the early stages of research and development of their own CBDCs. China and Nigeria already have CBDCs in circulation.

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