In an exciting development, Ripple’s stablecoin project with the Republic of Palau has entered a Phase One pilot. The partnership between the Republic of Palau and Ripple marks a significant milestone in the realm of stablecoins. The collaboration has resulted in the launch of the Palau Stablecoin (PSC), backed by the U.S. Dollar, issued on the secure and environmentally friendly XRP Ledger (XRPL).
The Palau Stablecoin pilot program involves government employees who have volunteered to use PSC with select local merchants in Palau. Local merchants Surrangel and Sons, The Penthouse Hotel and King’s Minute Mart are accepting the Palau Stablecoin for payments during the pilot.
The Palau Money Bird is the digital image on the Palau Stablecoin.
“This is a prototype digital currency going through pilot testing that has the potential to revolutionize the way goods and services are paid for in Palau” says Jay Hunter Anson, FinTech Project Manager for the Palau Ministry of Finance. ”The Palau Stablecoin offers a “fee-free” secure, transparent, and convenient option for payments that is more efficient than other online payment services.”
Strengthening Foundations with Ripple’s CBDC Technology
As part of the controlled stablecoin pilot, Palau will leverage the Ripple CBDC Platform, an end-to-end solution designed for central banks to issue their own central bank digital currency. With the technical resources provided, Palau will be able to manage and customize the entire life cycle of the stablecoin, as well as transactions, distribution and redemption.
“By digitizing our currency, we hope to mobilize our economy and government processes to accelerate financial transitions and empower our citizens,” expressed President of the Republic of Palau, S. Whipps Jr.
He further emphasized Palau’s advantage as a smaller country, allowing for innovative and nimble initiatives like the stablecoin. The President expressed trust in Ripple’s expertise in central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and blockchain technology, along with the environmentally conscious XRP Ledger, to assist in creating Palau’s national digital currency and promote financial success among its citizens.
Benefits for Palau Citizens and Merchants
The Palau Stablecoin (PSC) offers numerous advantages to its citizens, merchants, and the government. Financial inclusion will be greatly enhanced, and overall transaction fees will be reduced for citizens. The PSC will reduce currency transaction costs imposed by banks, significantly accelerating up transactions settlement times and cross-border payments, while providing a secure and effective payment tool for commercial activities in Palau.
Phase One of the Palau Stablecoin Pilot
During the initial phase of the pilot program, Palau government employees receive a bonus allotment of PSC, which they can use during the pilot at participating retailers.
To instill confidence among Palau citizens, specific success criteria have been identified for Phase One of the controlled pilot:
- The Palau Ministry of Finance (MO) has the ability to securely and reliably mint, distribute, and process inbound PSC redemptions, maintaining full control over the total circulation on a real time 24/7 basis.
- Palau government employees are able to use PSC for purchases at select retailers, facilitating seamless point-of-sale transactions.
- Palau retailers are able to safely and securely receive and verify payments made with PSC, with the option to convert the received stablecoin into funds in their local bank accounts.
Following the success of Phase One, additional phases of the Palau stablecoin pilot program are planned, aiming to expand the adoption and benefits of the PSC to a wider audience. According to Jay Anson, “The launch of the Palau Stablecoin is a major step forward for Palau in its efforts to become a leader in the blockchain industry and develop its digital economy. The pilot project will be evaluated after two months with the decision on whether to expand it further.”
With the introduction of the U.S. Dollar-backed Palau Stablecoin on the XRP Ledger, Palau is poised to embrace digital currency and leverage Ripple’s expertise in blockchain technology to benefit its citizens.
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