Sweden’s Central Bank “The Riksbank” Extends Ongoing Pilot To Create A Digital Version Of The Swedis
The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, has announced that it has extended an ongoing pilot to create a digital version of the Swedish krona until 2022.
It has been reported that the “e-krona” pilot program, in combination with professional services firm Accenture, was created to address what the Riksbank sees as “the marginalization of cash.”
The report stated:
“The Riksbank sees potential problems with the marginalisation of cash and has therefore initiated a pilot project to develop a proposal for a technical solution for a central bank digital currency, an e-krona that can work as a complement to cash.”
However, the recent announcement states that no decision has been made on how, or even if, the e-krona will be issued. But a brief whitepaper from 2020 details the use of R3’s Corda blockchain, a private distributed ledger created for business and enterprise. Unlike public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, projects built on Corda will be accessible through invite only.
The e-krona experiment will be extended until 2022 for Sweden’s digital currency. Will they fall behind the #CBDC curve in Europe? https://t.co/9uv0r12MGB — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) February 18, 2021
The report said that the pilot program will continue over the course of the coming year and is set to end in February 2022.
The recent announcement notes that the testing of offline functionality and onboarding of external participants will be prioritized in the coming months.
Thus, it stated:
“The main aim of the pilot is for the Riksbank to increase its knowledge of a central bank-issued digital krona. The project is now being extended to the end of February 2022. The aim for the coming year is to continue developing the technical solution, with the focus on performance, scalability, testing of off-line functions and bringing external participants into the test environment.”