June 10, 2023

Iran’s central bank will launch a pilot of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) on September 22, the Iranian Chamber of Commerce said. announcement. The so-called “crypto-real” has been in the planning stages for several years.

The launch of the crypto-real was originally designed for November, according to the chamber, which said the purpose of the CBDC was “to help improve financial inclusion and effectiveness as a powerful tool for CBI to compete with other stable currencies worldwide.” It added that experts within the country expressed concern about the readiness of businesses to use CBDC, public understanding of digital wallets and the impact of the introduction on banks.

Crypto-real has also been seen as a way to prevent rampant corruption in Iran. 2018 saw the rise of crypto-real and the central bank promised to trial CBDC throughout the year.

Chug Report The CBDC that will run on the Borna platform, is built using Hyperledger Fabric, an IBM open source distributed ledger technology platform. The news agency adds that banks will trade paper reals for electronic ones. As the platform is approved, the central bank will select banks to participate.

Borna was adopted in 2019 to help modernize the aging Iranian banking system. According to a source at Al Jazeera, the Borna platform will allow the provision of fee-based financial services, although this will not be part of the current trial.

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The use of cryptocurrency for payments inside Iran is banned, but in August Iranians began using crypto to pay for imports, leading to concerns among Iranian businesses about the lack of cryptocurrency regulation. The Iran Blockchain Association has made similar appeals in the past.