LINE, the Japan-based messaging giant, had a spokesperson go to the press to announce that it is currently in discussions with central banks of Asia. These discussions pertain to potentially partnering up when it comes to digital currency projects.
Planning On Serving As The Bas
The spokesperson explained that the aim for LINE in these discussions is to allow for a blockchain platform that is primed and ready for the introduction of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) based within the LINE Blockchain. LINE had already launched its blockchain platform for respective developers back in August of this year, as well.
As it stands now, it’s not quite clear which Asian central banks LINE is in discussions with. Even so, IT Chosun, a Korean news outlet, has speculated that it would work with central banks that already focus on developing digital currencies for the use of micropayments.
LINE Plans Global Expansion
IT Chosun explained that the spokesperson elaborated on the plan, in particular. According to the spokesperson, LINE is planning to support the development of customized CBDCs, doing so in such a format to reflect each central bank’s requirements for it in their respective countries.
All the while, the spokesperson stated that these banks would be capable of using LINE’s blockchain platform for its stability and scalability. The spokesperson stated that LINE is making plans for global expansion, with the first big push being in Asia.
One such example would be the Bank of Korea, which is planning to trial a CBDC in order to enact micropayments. The central bank also issued out a recent report, taking note that countries like the Bahamas, Uruguay, as well as Cambodia are all developing their respective forms of CBDCs dedicated to micropayments. This comes in a bid to reduce the costs of money management, overall.
The Crypto Arms Race
Even more global corporations are throwing their hat in the ring. Just a month prior, Mastercard, the global payments giant, had launched a “Virtual and Custom” testing platform. This platform is dedicated to allowing central banks to inspect and evaluate their respective digital currency systems, as well.
It seems that the entire world, even multinational corporations, are battling it out for supremacy within the new crypto tech race. Nothing remains clear, but only China and the Bahamas are in a position to issue out their CBDCs on a large scale, China being the global superpower in the lead at this point.
It should be noted, however, that the title of the first state-owned cryptocurrency falls on the Petro, the dubious stablecoin from Venezuela.