The Bank of Ghana plans to test a general purpose central bank digital currency (CBDC) in partnership with German banknote printer Giesecke+Devrient.
- The central bank said Wednesday that Giesecke+Devrient will be providing the technology for the currency, the digital cedi.
- Headquartered in Munich, Giesecke+Devrient provides banknote and securities printing services as well as cash-handling systems.
- The CBDC will be tested with banks, payment-service providers, merchants, consumers and other relevant stakeholders.
- In July, Bank of Ghana First Deputy Gov. Maxwell Opoku-Afari said the last phase before implementation of a digital cedi is “expected to start by September.”
- No definitive timeline for the potential launch of a digital cedi has been given.
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