Singapore-based DBS bank will allow corporate clients in China to collect payments from their customers in e-CNY – China’s central bank digital currency – and allow the automated settlement of e-CNY payments directly into their bank accounts.

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Fast facts

  • DBS completed its first e-CNY collection for a client – a catering company in Shenzhen, the lender said in a statement on Wednesday. 
  • DBS said the service lets businesses receive e-CNY payments digitally in regions lacking full access to banking services.
  • “We look forward to building on this launch to explore new digital payment solutions, such as cross-border CBDC payments,” Lim Soon Chong, group head of global transaction services of DBS, said in the statement. 
  • China has been a leader in developing a CBDC and started trials in Shenzhen in October 2020. 
  • About 130 countries, representing 98% of global GDP, are exploring a CBDC, according to the Atlantic Council’s CBDC Tracker
  • The value of payments via CBDCs is expected to grow to US$213 billion by 2030 from US$100 million in 2023, according to a March report by U.K. technology market researcher Juniper Research. 

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