One in four central banks exploring blockchain, DLT and tokenisation

No respondents say they are researching or collaborating on quantum computing

This year, the benchmarks added a number of new topics to the question on fintech research and collaboration. While central bank digital currency (CBDC) and payment innovation remain the main areas of focus, a significant proportion of central banks are investigating cutting-edge technology that may develop into asset digitisation and a CBDC ecosystem. 

Four-fifths of 39 participating institutions indicated payments innovation (79.5%) and CBDC (79.5%) as top priority areas for fintech research

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