Palau advances CBDC with Ripple in Phase 2 of PSC program launch


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The Ministry of Finance in Palau officially launched the second phase of the Palau Stablecoin (PSC) Program. Jay Hunter Anson, a cybersecurity consultant in Palau, confirmed the initiation of the country’s CBDC pilot program in a post. 

Anson expressed that Palau aims to extend its partnership with Ripple in this next stage, allowing the PSC team to leverage Ripple’s CBDC platform and technical expertise.

PSC is a digital currency pegged to the U.S. dollar at 1:1. The USD-supporting PSC is stored in a commercial bank with FDIC insurance. The Palau government issues the PSC on the XRP Ledger (XRPL).

Additionally, Anson highlighted that the focus of the second phase of the PSC pilot program is to establish new collaborations for marketing and sustainable development goals. Phase 2 of the PSC program will prioritize the development of a digital ecosystem and increased user engagement, emphasizing adherence to regulatory compliance.

Anthony Welfare, Ripple’s CBDC Strategic Advisor, shared his thoughts on the PSC pilot program’s Phase 2 launch on the X platform (formerly known as Twitter).

Welfare emphasized the advantages of blockchain-based digital currency, citing benefits such as reduced transaction fees and the potential to address the environmental impact of money circulation.

The Ripple CBDC adviser also pointed out specific challenges, such as the complexity of moving traditional currencies across the 340 islands in Palau. Moreover, he noted that mobile data costs are high in the country.

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Welfare mentioned that Palau residents can conduct offline transactions using a blockchain-based digital currency such as PSC, even during power outages.

This update follows Palau’s Ministry of Finance announcing the success of the initial phase of the PSC program just a few days ago. The first phase, spanning three months, involved the Ministry of Finance enlisting 168 volunteers from government employees.

The chosen volunteers received 100 PSCs each to use at local retailers participating in the program. Participants made payments through their mobile phones by scanning a QR code. The participating retailers and volunteers provided positive feedback about their experience with the digital currency.

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