Mastercard, R3 to Develop a Blockchain Cross-Border Payments Platform

Payments giant Mastercard is to develop a blockchain-powered cross-border payments platform in partnership with enterprise-focused blockchain firm R3. In an announcement on Wednesday, Mastercard said the two firms have inked a deal to “develop and pilot” the payments solution. It will initially be aimed at connecting faster payments schemes and banks backed by Mastercard’s clearing and…

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Central Bank Digital Currencies Take Center Stage at IMF Spring Meetings

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) featured prominently when global financial leaders met for this year’s World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) joint Spring Meetings in the United States. Faced with emerging disruptive technologies like Bitcoin, their discussions also focused on how money and payments are taking on new forms throughout the world. There…

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Thai, Myanmar Central Bank Governors Endorse Blockchain Remittance Service

The governors of two central banks endorsed the Ethereum (ETH)-based remittance system developed by blockchain company Everex, the firm reported in a press release shared with Cointelegraph today, April 5. The service is set up to send payments between Thailand and Myanmar. The system was reportedly presented by the startup, along with its partners, state-owned…

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UAE Exchange and Payment Platform Unimoni Join Ripple’s Payments Network

Finablr, a global payment platform and foreign exchange operator based in the United Arab Emirates, has joined Ripple’s (XRP) RippleNet blockchain network, a press release reveals on Feb. 11. Finablr’s network brands, UAE Exchange and payment platform Unimoni, will use the blockchain-based platform provided by Ripple to complete real-time transactions to Thailand. The firm also…

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India’s Federal Bank Is Building a Remittance App on R3’s Corda

An Indian commercial bank has revealed it is building a cross-border remittance app based on the Corda blockchain platform developed by consortium startup R3. Being built as a so-called CorDapp on the platform, Kochi-based Federal Bank has turned to blockchain startup DigiLedge to develop the app for “faster and cheaper” remittances to India, according to a press…

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TransferGo Opens Payments Corridor to India Using Ripple Tech

Payment provider TransferGo has announced it is launching a remittance corridor to India that uses Ripple technology for near real-time transactions. Available from “anywhere in Europe,” the firm said in a press release that using Ripple’s services allows it to replace the “multiple slow incumbent communications systems, most prominently Swift, where transfers can take up…

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Alibaba Offshoot Trials First Blockchain Remittance to Philippines, Plans Global Expansion

Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial has trialled its first blockchain remittances, sending a transaction in three seconds, Bloomberg reports June 25. The company, formerly known as AliPay, completed a funds transfer between its AliPayHK app in Hong Kong and Filipino payment app GCash, its joint project with local telecoms company Globe Telecom. Part of a growing…

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