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Singapore and China Collaborate on Digital Yuan Pilot for Tourism

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Singapore and China are joining forces in a groundbreaking pilot program, enabling tourists in both countries to use China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), the digital yuan, for travel expenditures. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance financial cooperation between the two nations, aiming to simplify the process for travelers purchasing abroad.

On Thursday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced several new digital finance and capital market initiatives to strengthen its financial collaboration with China. Among these initiatives, the cross-border e-CNY (electronic Chinese Yuan) pilot between China and Singapore is prominent. This development follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on digital finance cooperation signed in 2020 between MAS and the People’s Bank of China’s Digital Currency Institute (PBCDCI).

The MAS elaborated:

“MAS and PBCDCI are working on a pilot that allows travelers from both countries to use e-CNY for tourism spending in Singapore and China, enhancing the convenience for travelers during their overseas travels.”

China has been a leader in developing a central bank digital currency, vigorously testing its e-CNY project. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been expanding the reach of its digital yuan pilot program, with 26 pilot areas across China currently involved.

PBOC Governor Yi Gang revealed in July that transactions using China’s central bank digital currency had reached 1.8 trillion yuan (approximately $250 billion) by the end of June. Additionally, Standard Chartered Bank started offering digital yuan exchange services in China in November. Furthermore, the Chinese central bank and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) are progressing into the second phase of integrating the digital yuan for payments and cross-border transactions within Hong Kong.

This pilot program represents a significant step in integrating digital currencies into mainstream financial systems and highlights the growing acceptance and utility of CBDCs in international finance and tourism.

Jay Solano

Jay Solano

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