Central Bank Digital Currencies Can Slash Cross Border Payment Time: BIS

HONG KONG—Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can slash the time needed for cross border payments to seconds from days and cut costs, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) said, citing a pilot scheme to test the digital forms of fiat currencies. The trial showed cross border transactions could be made in a few seconds, instead of three to five days, as CBDCs help skirt complicated arrangements under which payments are passed via a network of banks, the BIS said in a report on Tuesday. CBDCs also helped reduce costs by up to 50 percent, it added. Typically, global banks with no network in a given country channel payments there via a local bank that acts on its behalf. But the process has become long and complicated with banks cutting ties with potentially risky partners and withdrawing from some markets due to compliance and cost reasons. “Enabling faster and cheaper cross-border …

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