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Palau Completes First Stablecoin Pilot, Sets Sights on Second Phase

In a recent announcement, Palau has revealed the successful conclusion of its inaugural stablecoin pilot project, signalling a significant step forward in the world of digital currencies. Palauans who participated in the pilot program are now urged to utilise their Palau Stablecoins (PSC) before September 15, when these tokens will be temporarily frozen.

Jay Hunter Anson, a prominent board member of Palau’s Ministry of Finance, expressed his gratitude to all participants in the project’s initial phase. He went on to outline the forthcoming stages of the initiative.

The official conclusion of the pilot is slated for the end of the month, with the last two weeks of September reserved for collaboration with local merchants. This collaboration aims to facilitate the redemption of the accumulated tokens.

Remarkably, the pilot program, initially scheduled for 60 days, was extended by 30 days in response to heightened demand. Hunter Anson emphasised that this venture was primarily a “temporary research and development pilot.” A comprehensive report will be presented to the government leadership, including recommendations for the next pilot and prerequisites for a full production program.

Hunter Anson also disclosed that a survey would be distributed to project participants in the coming week. He emphasised the importance of collecting feedback, which will be pivotal in shaping the final report for the Olbiil Era Kelulau and the President.

Looking ahead, Hunter Anson underscored the government’s commitment to its partnership with Ripple to refine the stablecoin’s design. During the pilot, approximately 200 government employees and local merchants in Palau participated, with Ripple’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) platform utilised for issuing PSC on the XRP Ledger.

While details about the project’s continuation remain undisclosed, Hunter Anson hinted at a potential second pilot scheduled for November 2023, aligning with the holiday season. He said, “If we are authorised to move forward with the next phase of the stablecoin program, our collective lessons learned will shape the way ahead.”

Palau’s foray into stablecoins marks an intriguing development in the ever-evolving landscape of digital currencies, with the promise of more innovation and expansion.

 

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