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CBDC Finalists

Global CBDC Challenge
The Challenge has announced 15 finalists. Aside from banks (ANZ, Citi, HSBC, StanChart) and IBM, the following are some of the startups that made it to the finals and the countries they are being trailed in or linked to: 1 2 3 4
  • Bitt - Eastern Caribbean (11 countries), Nigeria
  • Consensys - AU, FR, HK, SA, SG, TH
  • G+D Filia - Ghana, Thailand
  • Soramitsu - Cambodia
  • SEBA - France, Switzerland
  • cLabs - Alliance for Financial Inclusion (80+ countries) info
  • Exto - Not being trailed in any particular country
  • Secretarium - Not being trailed in any particular country

Other CBDC News
  • Bahamas - CBDC launched in October 2020, without fanfare
  • Jamaica - Mints first batch of CBDC worth $15 million, August 2021
  • Venezuela - To debut CBDC in Oct, and cut 6 zeros from its currency
  • Korea - Trials offline CBDC with GroundX, Samsung and others