Laotian central bank launches CBDC pilot

Bank of the Lao PDR working with Japanese government and fintech firm to test CBDC

Bank of the Lao PDR front entrance sign and flags
Bank of the Lao PDR
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Laos’s central bank started testing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) prototype on February 7, with the support of Japanese fintech firm Soramitsu and the Japanese government.

The Bank of the Lao PDR will test the Digital Lao Kip, or DLak, using a blockchain-based system developed by Soramitsu.

The central bank signed a memorandum of understanding with the company to kickstart the proof-of-concept trial on February 6, according to a statement issued by Soramitsu.

The trial follows the

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