March 27, 2024
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Hong Kong Expands Pilot Scope of China’s Digital Yuan for Cross-Border Payments

In a bid to bolster cross-border payment efficiency, Hong Kong is set to broaden the pilot scope of e-CNY, China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), according to the latest government budget announcement.

During his budget speech on Wednesday, Paul Chan, the financial secretary of Hong Kong, revealed the government’s plans to extend the pilot testing of the digital yuan. The goal is to enable more Hong Kong residents to easily top up their e-CNY wallets through the local “Faster Payment System” (FPS). FPS, a real-time payment settlement system, facilitates cross-bank e-wallet payments using either the recipient’s mobile phone number or email address.

Hong Kong’s de facto central bank, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), successfully concluded the first-phase pilot of its CBDC, the e-HKD, in October 2023. According to Chan, the HKMA has been actively exploring various domestic retail use cases for the digital yuan. These include programmable payments, offline payments, and tokenized deposits. The second phase of the e-HKD pilot is expected to commence shortly.

The move aligns with the broader global trend of central banks exploring and adopting digital currencies. By expanding the use of e-CNY, Hong Kong aims to facilitate seamless and efficient cross-border transactions, enhancing the overall financial landscape in the region.

As the digital yuan gains traction, this expansion underscores Hong Kong’s commitment to staying at the forefront of financial innovation, ensuring its residents have access to cutting-edge payment solutions. The continued integration of CBDCs into the financial ecosystem signals a transformative era for cross-border payments and digital currencies in the region.

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