This is a Charles Brett’s start-of-the-week Enterprise Times ‘blockchain catch-up’ Week 4. Necessarily it is idiosyncratic and selective.
It is not intended to be comprehensive but does seek to highlight ‘Quick Takes’ on specific developments as well interesting pieces to read, a listing of some (not all) announcements/press releases and pointers to upcoming events.
Quick Takes – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 4
Ready, steady, go? – Results of the third BIS survey on central bank digital currency
This Bank for International Settlements Report describes the results of a survey carried out among more than 60 central banks in late 2020 about their engagement in CBDC work, their motivations and their intentions regarding CBDC issuance. Central banks also provided views on possible legal frameworks for CBDCs and their assessment of the use of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins in their jurisdictions.
Central banks are moving towards more advanced stages of CBDC engagement, progressing from conceptual research to experimentation:
- about 60% of central banks (up from 42% in 2019) are conducting experiments or proofs-of-concept
- 14% are moving forward to development and pilot arrangements.
Quick Take: This is essential reading for those with an interest in CBDCs, how central banks might deploy them and their possible (if not imminent) impact. In addition to a pithy summary of what is a CBDC, there are many useful tables and diagrams, particularly those relating to contrasting motivations between wholesale and retail banking reasons for interest.
As the BIS concludes “Interest and work on CBDCs is global, but motivations for their potential issuance are shaped by local circumstances. Financial inclusion remains a key motivation across Emerging Markets and Developing Economies and a top priority for CBDC development. In Advanced Economies, the perceived need for issuance is generally lower and the main areas of interest are related to the efficiency and safety of payments. Precautions to ensure the general public’s continued access to central bank money – related to the gradual decline of cash for transactions – is a recurring theme.”
AllianceBlock connects to London Stock Exchange Group’s Partner Platform
AllianceBlock offers a compliant decentralised capital market. It has signed an agreement to join the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) Partner Platform. The proclaimed objective is to provide institutional members with the ability to have direct market access to AllianceBlock. The Partner Platform should enable AllianceBlock to provide innovative applications and services to financial markets.
Quick Take: the AllianceBlock Protocol is a decentralised, blockchain-agnostic layer 2 that automates the process of converting any digital or crypto asset into a bankable product. According to its white paper, it aims to offer a comprehensive and layered architecture to facilitate cross-border transactions in capital markets in a completely regulated and compliant manner.
It provides a framework to digitise all forms of assets in seamless compliance with the regulations in effect. “It builds on Distributed Ledger Technologies to achieve transparency in data governance, security in transactions and compliance (sic) to regulations.” By linking up with the LSEG, AllianceBlock expands its reach into more traditional finance. Interesting.
7 pieces to read – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 3
- 5 digital, crypto and blockchain predictions for 202
- ECB, EC and other European institutions ramp up involvement in CBDCs and digital settlement
- NYT: what is a blockchain? Is it hype?
- How blockchain is progressing in the workplace
- What are the advantages of blockchain as an educational resource?
- Battle lines form for a U.S. regulatory showdown in cryptocurrencies
- Blockchain and energy innovation marches on.
Selected announcements/press releases – Charles Brett’s Blockchain Catch-up Week 4
- Blockchain Technology Partners and Taekion partner to deliver Sextant for TFS providing users with military-grade information security (press release)
- Cryptopress announces content distribution agreement with Blockchain Wire (press release)
- Hat-trick hero: empty stadiums get blockchain and soccer to play together (news)
- ‘One Network, Many Chains’ – the case for blockchain interoperability (opinion)
- OKCoin becomes first exchange to implement blockchain domain names (news)
- 3 banks that have big plans for blockchain and cryptocurrency (opinion)
- Trade, track, and learn crypto with Hedgehog (education)
- Stellar Development Foundation invests US$5M in Wyre (press release)
- Digipharm announces joint cooperation with Government of Pakistan’s Social Healthcare Fund utilising blockchain-based platforms (press release)
- How blockchain can hold the palm oil industry to account (opinion)
- Australia’s national debit operator eftpos joins Hedera Governing Council and will run Aussie Hedera network node (press release).
Selected upcoming events
- World Crypto-Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cyber-security (BCB), 04-05 March 2021
- International Conference on Big Data and Blockchain (BDAB), 20-21 March 2021
- Blockchance Europe 2021 (July 7th-9th, 2021)
- LA Blockchain Summit (November 2nd-3rd, 2021).