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Digital Currency Dynamics: Exploring the Future of Financial Transactions

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Martin Walker
Oct 29, 2023 at 02:19 pm

Central Bank's Inclusion: In relation to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the Central Bank of Nigeria has made a notable reference to a 2020 study conducted by Ripple Labs. This study highlighted that an impressive 85% of leaders in the payment industry across 22 different countries are envisioning the launch of CBDCs in their respective nations over the course of the next four years.

Updates on National Digital Currency: As of 2022, there were indications of around 100 CBDC projects in various stages of development. Notable among these were Nigeria's eNaira and the Bahamian Sand Dollar, both of which had seen significant launches. Interestingly, the adoption of eNaira by Nigerians had been somewhat sluggish in comparison to the global cryptocurrencies.

The Crypto Craze in Nigeria: Faced with challenges related to inflation, Nigeria's tech-savvy youth population has been enthusiastically propelling the rapid adoption of cryptocurrencies, placing the nation in the second position on Chainalysis' 2023 Global Crypto Adoption Index.

Recent Findings on Central Bank Digital Currencies point to Ripple Labs' research as the foundation for their conclusions.

Reinforcing the Case for CBDCs with Ripple Labs Research

The Central Bank of Nigeria has drawn upon a Ripple Labs study dating back to 2020, which indicated that a staggering 85% of payment industry leaders at financial institutions across 22 different nations foresaw the launch of CBDCs within their countries in the next four years.

By 2022, research and development activities had paved the way for 100 CBDC projects, with two of them having been fully launched – the eNaira in Nigeria, introduced in October 2021, and the Bahamian Sand Dollar, which made its debut in October 2020.

The Central Bank of Nigeria's report concludes:

Central bank digital currencies are gaining prominence as more cost-effective and swifter alternatives for transactions, with the potential to enhance the realms of payments and settlements, financial inclusion, and monetary policy transmission.

Curiously, since its introduction in October 2021, the adoption of eNaira among Nigerians has been rather gradual, despite efforts to encourage its use for paying electricity bills, television subscriptions, and airline tickets. In contrast, Nigerians have been quick to embrace global, borderless, and established cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Coin, and Ripple.

Nigeria's Enthusiastic Embrace of Cryptocurrencies

A Reuters report from September highlights that Nigeria's young and tech-savvy population has eagerly taken to cryptocurrencies, especially as the nation grapples with soaring inflation stemming from weaknesses in its official currency. This is a use case that cryptocurrency enthusiasts in more developed nations can also relate to.

Furthermore, the West African nation is ranked second on Chainalysis' 2023 comprehensive Global Crypto Adoption Index.

In the meantime, the price of Bitcoin is reaching all-time highs in Nigeria, as well as in the United States and other countries plagued by inflation.

The utilization of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies could potentially unlock Nigeria's full economic potential. Currently the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria is poised to become the fifth largest economy on the planet by 2075 as its population continues to grow.

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