Bank Of Thailand Technological change is having a major impact on financial services. In response to this development,

Bank Of Thailand To try Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency

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Announcement of Project Inthanon Collaborative Partnership
(Wholesale Central Bank Digital Currency)

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Bank Of Thailand Technological change is having a major impact on financial services. In response to
this development, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) and local financial institutions today agreed to
launch a project to raise the Thai financial sector’s technological readiness in adopting new
financial technologies to enhance operational efficiencies. In this regard, creating an
ecosystem conducive for collaborative learning in technology will be an important driving
force towards a digital future for the Thai financial sector.

Project Inthanon is a collaborative milestone led by the BOT, Bank Of Thailand a technology partner
and 8 participating banks including Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited, Krung Thai
Bank Public Company Limited, Bank of Ayudhya Public Company Limited, KasikornbankPublic
Company Limited, Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited, Thanachart Bank Public
Company Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Thai) Public Company Limited, and The
Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, to explore the implications and the
potential benefits of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to enhance efficiency of the Thai
financial market infrastructure. The BOT and the participating banks will collaboratively design
and develop a proof-of-concept prototype for wholesale funds transfer by issuing wholesale
Central Bank Digital Currency (Wholesale CBDC). The prototype will be built on Corda, a DLT
platform developed by R3.

The outcome and insights from Project Inthanon will contribute to the design of
Thailand’s future financial market infrastructure. This is in line with similar projects embarked
upon by other central banks such as the Bank of Canada, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority
and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. In addition to Project Inthanon, the BOT is
conducting a DLT proof of concept for scripless government savings bond sale to improve
operational efficiency.

Scope of Project Inthanon Phase 1
Project Inthanon Phase 1 will involve the BOT and the participating banks in
collaboratively designing, developing and testing a proof-of-concept prototype for domestic
wholesale funds transfer by using wholesale CBDC. Key payment functionalities such as
liquidity saving mechanism and risk management will also be developed and tested during
this phase. Project Inthanon Phase 1 is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019
after which the BOT will publish a project summary accordingly.

Building upon the findings and outcomes from Phase 1, the project participants aim
to further develop the capabilities of the prototype for broader functions including
third party funds transfer and cross-border funds transfer.

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