Taiwan central bank completes wholesale CBDC study, plans next steps

A central bank official spoke about ongoing CBDC research and other payment modernization initiatives Taiwan is exploring.

Taiwan’s central bank has completed a feasibility study of wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) and is continuing to consider its introduction. The central bank is seeking feedback from businesses and academics and will continue to work on platform design, Deputy Governor Mei-lie Chu said on Dec. 7. 

In a lengthy speech at an event for bankers, Chu outlined what she called Banking 4.0, or “services embedded in customers’ daily lives,” including the integration of artificial intelligence and advanced mobile and digital technology into banking. She devoted about half of her presentation to CBDC.

Chu referred to Bank for International Settlements research and said she saw the advantages of CBDCs and tokenization of real-world assets. Furthermore:

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