- The RBZ’s most recent announcement on the CBDC is similar to its prior updates.
- CBDC may assist the central bank cut down on the price of printing currency.
According to HIT vice chancellor Quinton Kanhukamwe, the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) in Zimbabwe is working on a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Kanhukamwe claims that the proposed CBDC would make it harder for corrupt practices including currency manipulation, cash hoarding, and shady FX dealings to flourish.
According to the report, Kanhukamwe discussed the potential for the blockchain-based CBDC to bring the unbanked into the official banking system while speaking at a graduation ceremony that Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa also attended.
Date of Launch Unknown
The vice chancellor further highlighted that the availability of formal banking services to the unbanked people might trigger a chain reaction that would improve business for SMEs. Kanhukamwe chimed in that a CBDC may assist the central bank cut down on the price of printing currency.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) said that a plan for the CBDC has been prepared in its most recent monetary policy statement. It was announced that a public consultation document will be released by the central bank in order to encourage “a broad and transparent public dialogue regarding the potential benefits and risks of CBDC.”
The RBZ’s most recent announcement on the CBDC is similar to its prior updates in that it does not provide a date when the central bank plans to launch the CBDC. There was no mention in the announcement of whether or if the RBZ is collaborating with any other organization on this effort. The report, however, seemed to imply that HIT was maybe working on the CBDC for the government.
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