Thailand’s Central Bank Will Launch a CBDC Pilot But Remains Skeptical about Crypto

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has said that it would be devoting further resources to the study and development of its own digital currency. It will be another five years, according to BoT governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput.

Officials in Thailand are weighing the pros and cons of a digital baht. Additionally, they are contrasting it with PromptPay, the market leader in digital payments in the nation.

The digital money will be beta-tested by around 10,000 regular consumers. As of this year’s end, production on the pilot will begin and continue until the middle of 2023.

The Bank of Thailand is investigating the possibility of using digital currencies that can be programmed. By doing so, it can regulate who has access to it and how it’s spent. 

mBridge evaluated three distinct financial processes: international money transfers in local currencies, international currency swaps between commercial banks, and international payments in local currencies.

According to the paper, mBridge may reduce the time it takes to complete a cross-border transaction from three to five business days to a matter of seconds.

The military-backed Thai government has sent conflicting signals on cryptocurrency. Thailand’s tourist board is promoting the country as a crypto-friendly destination in an effort to entice digital nomads.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial or investment advice. Cryptocurrency investments are subject to market risks, and individuals should seek professional advice before making any investment decisions.

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