Qatar Central Bank Announces Completion of CBDC Infrastructure Development

Doha, June 2, 2024 – The Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has successfully completed the infrastructure development for its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) project, marking a significant milestone in its digital financial transformation efforts.

In an official press release, the QCB announced the commencement of the first phase of its CBDC project, which will extend until October. This initiative is in line with global advancements in digital currency and aims to modernize and enhance Qatar’s financial sector.

First Phase: Testing and Development

Following an extensive study, the QCB will now enter the testing and development phase. This phase involves piloting selected applications of the CBDC to settle large payments with both local and international banks in a cutting-edge trial environment.

The primary goals of the CBDC project include increasing domestic banks’ access to capital markets, improving settlement processes within Qatar, and enhancing the efficiency of securities transactions. This initial experimental phase is set to run until October.

The CBDC project will utilize artificial intelligence (AI), distributed ledger technology (DLT), and other emerging technologies. These innovations are expected to enhance liquidity by expanding participation in financial market facilities while ensuring robust security measures are in place.

The QCB emphasized that maintaining information security throughout the project’s implementation remains a top priority.

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