Central Bank Digital Currencies [CBDC] have undoubtedly caught the attention of several governments. While China has been making headway with regard to the development of CBDC, other countries have been following suit. In more recent updates, Mastercard rolled out a platform to facilitate the development of CBDCs.
CBDCs To Get A Boost With Mastercard’s Testing Platform
On Wednesday, Mastercard shared a press release announcing the launch of a testing platform. This virtual as well as the custom testing platform will reportedly aid central banks in evaluating the use cases of Central Bank Digital Currencies. The financial services giant further suggested that the latest platform would carry out operations that would carry out several operations like issuance to the distribution of CBDCs. Furthermore, the exchange of CBDCs among financial service providers, banks, and consumers will also fall under the purview of the platform.
Mastercard’s Executive Vice President of the Digital Asset and Blockchain Products and Partnerships sector, Raj Dhamodharan pointed out that several central banks have been working towards modernizing the current payments systems for the incorporation of CBDCs. He further added,
“Mastercard is driving innovation with the public sector, banks, fintechs, and advisory firms in the exploration of CBDCs, working with partners that are aligned to our core values and principles. This new platform supports central banks as they make decisions now and in the future about the path forward for local and regional economies.”
CBDCs are a great precedent as the world steers towards digitalization. While several believe that CBDCs will soon replace fiat currency, Mastercard has taken a step to aid the same. Even though Mastercard has rolled out its testing platform, it urged several commercial and central banks along with tech and advisory firms to evaluate the functions of CBDCs.
Furthermore, the Head of Blockchain, Digital Assets, and Data Policy at the World Economic Forum, Sheila Warren highlighted that Mastercard’s latest move could give central banks a clear picture of the prospects of CBDCs. Stressing on the importance of the collaboration of private and public sectors, she said,
“Central banks can benefit from support in exploring the option set available to them with respect to CBDCs, as well as gaining insight into what opportunities may be forthcoming.”