Banco Central do Brasil, the central bank of Brazil, has selected 14 institutions to participate in the pilot run of the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) named Real Digital.

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Fast facts

  • The central bank will begin incorporating participants into the Real Digital pilot platform by mid-June, it said in a statement.
  • The 14 participants include multinationals like Visa and Microsoft, as well as Warren Buffett-backed Nubank, and the local securities and commodities exchange B3
  • The central bank received 36 proposals of interest in participating in the CBDC pilot, from over 100 institutions in various financial segments.
  • A CBDC is virtual money backed and issued by a central bank. About 114 countries, representing over 95% of global gross domestic product, are reportedly exploring a CBDC. 
  • According to a March report by U.K. technology market researcher Juniper Research, the global value of CBDCs is expected to grow to US$213 billion by 2030 from US$100 million in 2023.
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