In Switzerland, research continues into digital central bank currencies (CBDC). The Swiss central bank and the „Bank of the Banks“ have now announced a cooperation.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB) are working together on a proof of concept

By the end of the year, this should examine digital central bank currencies (CBDC). Benoît Cœuré, head of the BIS Innovation Institute, said this in a speech in Shanghai on October 25th. The Chinese The Paper quoted his speech.

The cooperation between the two banks is intended to help examine the impact of CBDC on retail. Areas such as payment systems, applications, data security and regulations have to be carefully examined for a successful and secure digital central bank currency. However, the BIS would have to upgrade its own blockchain, according to Cœuré.

CBDC: Cœuré drives analysis

Benoît Cœuré has been with the BIS since January 2020, previously he was with the European Central Bank (ECB). The European Central Bank (ECB) and the SNB also participated in a report on blockchain-based fiat currencies published on October 9th. Most important of this report sees the principle that a CBDC must not jeopardize the financial stability of the market. A year earlier, on October 8, 2019, the BIS and the SNB announced the establishment of a CBDC innovation hub .

The BIZ, founded in 1930, aims to promote international cooperation on monetary and financial issues. It also serves central banks as a bank, which is why it is also known as the „bank of central banks“. Both the Austrian National Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank are members of the bank, which is based in Basel. Switzerland, represented by the President of the Governing Board of the SNB, has been a member of the Administrative Board since the BIS was founded. The Federal Republic of Germany also has a seat there with Jens Weidmann (President of the Bundesbank).