Bank of Ghana Aims to Bolster Economy with CBDC Pilot

Bank of Ghana Aims to Bolster Economy with CBDC Pilot

THELOGICALINDIAN - A axial coffer agenda bill could advice abutment banking inclusion

The Bank of Ghana has appear that it will arrange a CBDC pilot in September as the country moves added appear a cash-lite economy.

Ghana Plans CBDC Pilot

Ghana is the latest African nation to advertise a axial coffer agenda bill (CBDC) pilot program.

The country’s axial coffer will barrage a CBDC pilot in September, First Deputy Governor Maxwell Opoku-Afari told Modern Ghana Friday. 

Mr. Opoku-Afari said that a CBDC would added beforehand banking inclusion, advance the ability and adherence of the acquittal system, and advance antagonism in the banking sector. 

Today, abounding Ghanaians use non-bank mobile money services to abundance wealth, as the accepted banking arrangement fails to accommodated their needs. However, abounding adaptable money providers affair “e-money,” which is not backed by cash. Addressing this issue, the First Deputy Governor said:

“The adaptable monies transaction are not backed by banknote and appropriately attached the amount addition. The axial bank’s agenda bill is authorization money, it is banknote on its own so that banking institutions like the banks and Fintechs will be able to actualize amount accession on the agenda cash.”

If Ghana’s axial coffer can get added citizens to use its CBDC over adaptable money, it will advice augment the tax abject and abutment banking inclusion. 

Although cryptocurrencies are not yet acknowledged in Ghana, the move appear CBDC development shows that the axial coffer is acknowledging the charge for agenda payments and agenda commitment of banking services. On cryptocurrencies specifically, Mr. Opoku-Afari said that the “technology is actual commendable and we accept bureaucracy a aggregation that is belief it.” 

Ghana is not the alone African nation to agreement with agenda currencies. South Africa, a nation with a aerial akin of crypto engagement, appear its additional CBDC balloon in February. Senegal additionally fabricated headlines aftermost year back R&B accompanist Akon appear affairs for a affected acute burghal in the country. As allotment of several abstruse innovations, the burghal will use the blockchain-based “Akoin” as its de facto currency. 

Ghana’s CBDC pilot affairs begins in September, admitting the abounding barrage date is yet to be announced. The axial coffer says that the success of the pilot would actuate the abutting footfall the coffer takes.