Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in digital currency pilot

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The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is teaming up with Overstock-owned, Barbados-based, blockchain firm Bitt to pilot a blockchain-based central bank digital currency (CBDC).

The pilot will see the issuance of a digital version of the Eastern Caribbean dollar that will be distributed and used by licensed banks and non-banks in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).

The digital currency, called DXCD, will be used for financial transactions between consumers and merchants, including peer-to-peer transactions, via smart devices. This means that, for example, a person in St Kitts and Nevis will be able to send DXCD from their phone to a friend in Grenada in seconds and for free.

The pilot begins this month with 12 months of development and testing, before a

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