BoG announces successful use of eCedi in cross-border transaction

The move affirms the potential of the eCedi system demonstrated for future interoperability with various cross-border credential and payment platforms

The director of fintech and innovation office at the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Kwame Oppong, has announced the successful execution of a cross-border transaction payment making use of Ghana’s central bank digital currency, the eCedi, and an approved stablecoin from Singapore.

This demonstrates the completion of the first proof of concept (POC) as part of Project DESFT (Digital Economy Semi-Fungible Token).

Kwame Oppong made the announcement at the just-ended 3i Africa Summit, saying that the first Phase of the project saw the design and development of a trusted credential system that enables SMEs to transform key information such as basic credentials, licenses, certificates, and trade records into verifiable digital credentials on a secure distributed ledger system, allowing potential trade partners and financial institutions to efficiently verify the authenticity of such information.

According to him, in April 2024, the second Phase of Project DESFT successfully executed a cross-border trade between Ghana and Singapore, leveraging the DESFT solution, Universal Trusted Credentials (UTC), a Singapore Stablecoin (xSGD), the recently piloted Ghanaian Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eCedi, and the Purpose Bound Money (PBM) protocol.

Oppong noted that the live transactions involving the eCedi further demonstrated the feasibility of utilising the proposed Ghanaian domestic retail CBDC platform in cross-border transactions. This affirms the potential of the eCedi system demonstrated for future interoperability with various cross-border credential and payment platforms.

The prospective introduction of the eCedi is poised to significantly enhance Ghana’s dynamic payment ecosystem, fostering inclusive growth and innovation while improving consumer experiences. With its interoperability with the DESFT system, and verifiable credentials via UTC, the eCedi has the potential to facilitate the participation of Ghanaian Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in international trade in a cost-effective manner.

According to Mr Oppong, Project DESFT is aimed at supporting SMEs in Africa to engage in international trade by removing significant obstacles they face, such as establishing trust with overseas trade partners and obtaining support in cross-border payments and supply chain finance.

“We believe that the new generation of financial technology offers innovative approaches to these challenges. After nearly a year and two phases of development, we have crafted a reliable information exchange solution founded on UTC standards and Semi-fungible Token technology.

“Furthermore, we have rigorously tested a cross-border payment solution built upon the principles of Purpose Bound Money (PBM) and conducted real trade experiments which fully align with our predetermined objectives,” he stated.

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