- The ministry plans to reduce payment costs and improve access to financial services, especially for underserved communities and various socio-economic groups, leveraging digital solutions.
- Palau Stablecoin operates on the XRP Ledger (XRPL)
The Republic of Palau has partnered with Ripple Labs to introduce its inaugural stablecoin, the Palau Stablecoin (PSC). The news was shared by Jay Hunter Anson, Director of Palau’s Digital Residency Program and a member of Palau’s Ministry of Finance, who revealed the collaboration between the Palau National Treasury and Ripple Labs.
The PSC is the latest project to operate on the Ripple Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Platform, which made its debut in May. Ripple had previously disclosed discussions with over 20 governments regarding the issuance of central bank digital currencies. However, the partnership with Palau was announced in 2021, with a target launch date set for 2022, predating the new Ripple product.
The momentous event celebrating the successful launch of the Palau Stablecoin occurred at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud, Palau. Representatives from the Palau National Treasury and Ripple came together to mark this significant milestone in their joint exploration of the stablecoin’s potential use cases within the nation.
Jay Hunter Anson took to Twitter to express his thoughts, stating, “The PSC launch is an important milestone in our collaboration with Ripple, as we work together to explore the possibilities of this stablecoin in specific use cases within our country. We have received explicit approval from the Palau Congress, giving the PSC pilot program an official stamp of legitimacy.”
Palau’s Ministry of Finance initiated the Stablecoin project with a specific focus on addressing the nation’s financial needs. By supporting this initiative, the ministry aims to reduce payment costs and improve access to financial services, especially for underserved communities and various socio-economic groups, leveraging digital solutions.
Of particular note is the fact that the Palau Stablecoin operates on the XRP Ledger (XRPL), showcasing Ripple’s cutting-edge technology as the foundation of this financial undertaking.
Anson’s tweets shed light on the meticulous approach taken in developing the Palau Stablecoin. Controlled and limited pilot tests for the PSC have been conducted to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution co-designed with Ripple. These pilot experiments provide valuable insights into the stability and usability of the Palau Stablecoin ahead of its potential public release.
“Our controlled pilot tests have been enlightening, and we are optimistic about the potential impact of the Palau Stablecoin on our nation’s economy,” Anson stated
The successful implementation of the Palau Stablecoin pilot program has garnered attention from the XRP community, building anticipation for the official joint press release scheduled for July 27, at 9:00 AM on Thursday morning in Ngerulmud, Palau, as revealed by Anson.