Sweden’s central financial institution has prolonged an ongoing pilot geared toward making a digital model of the Swedish krona till 2022, as was not too long ago introduced by the nation’s Riksbank.
Together with skilled providers agency Accenture, the “e-krona” pilot program was created to handle what the Riksbank sees as “the marginalization of money”:
“The Riksbank sees potential issues with the marginalisation of money and has subsequently initiated a pilot undertaking to develop a proposal for a technical resolution for a central financial institution digital forex, an e-krona that may work as a complement to money.”
The current announcement states that no resolution has been made on how, or even when, the e-krona will probably be issued. However a transient whitepaper from 2020 particulars using R3’s Corda blockchain — a non-public distributed ledger created for enterprise and enterprise. In contrast to public blockchains corresponding to Bitcoin and Ethereum, initiatives constructed on Corda will probably be accessible by way of invite solely.
Central financial institution digital currencies, or CBDCs, are digital currencies issued and overseen solely by the central financial institution of a given nation. In contrast to cash on open-source, decentralized, public blockchains, CBDCs don’t faux to be alternate options to the present fiat system. Relatively, they’re being devised as a potential safeguard towards the unfold of digital currencies, performing as a mere digital model of current nationwide monies.
The pilot program will proceed over the course of the approaching yr, and is about to finish in February 2022. The current announcement notes that testing of offline performance and onboarding of exterior contributors will probably be prioritized within the coming months:
“The primary purpose of the pilot is for the Riksbank to extend its data of a central bank-issued digital krona. The undertaking is now being prolonged to the tip of February 2022. The purpose for the approaching yr is to proceed creating the technical resolution, with the give attention to efficiency, scalability, testing of off-line features and bringing exterior contributors into the take a look at atmosphere.”