New Digital Fiat Currency System in Development by the Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBOB)


  • New payment system for digital assets to be introduced by Central Bank of the Bahamas.
  • The initiative, Project Sand Dollar, includes a collaboration between Zynesis and NZIA.io.

The Bahamas is known as a place of luxury to tourists, and a recent announcement from the Nassau Guardian indicates that the Central Bank of the Bahamas is making the environment more friendly. Reported on May 29th, the CBOB will be starting the development of a digital fiat currency system, starting with an official agreement with NZIA.io.

The bank and the transaction provider, respectively, will be responsible for creating and implementing “Project Sand Dollar,” which will be the first time a digital currency has been created in the Bahamas. The collaboration with NZIA.io was first announced in March by the central bank, joining the Zynesis software development firm in the project.

As described by the central bank, Project Sand Dollar will be working on an electronic payment system for “integrated, affordable” remittance, which will be geared towards the local businesses and residents. To be integrated seamlessly into the current financial infrastructure, the team behind the project will ensure that this payment system falls in line with the local financial regulations.

All residents of the island country will now have equal access to digital payments, which reduces the service delivery costs associated with performing transactions with cash.

At this point, there has not been an island selected to pilot the new payment system. However, John Rolle, the bank governor, said that the Family Islands should be ready to completely adopt the initiative by the end of next year. The original plan to bring in a digital currency with government support was announced by CBOB in June last year.

Not all countries are taking such a progressive stance. In fact, the president of Deutsche Bundesbank in Germany warned banks that the volatility of the crypto market could put central banks at risk in the country. The official added that the integration of crypto assets could also create instability of the financial system, specifically in crisis situations.

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