The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) intends to launch a digital currency pilot programme in the near future. Digital money, according to a top CBI official, will benefit the country by assisting in the resolution of financial irregularities and bringing decentralization. Since 2018, Iran has been working on a digital currency.
According to the Iranian Labour News Agency, the Central Bank of Iran will test the country’s cryptocurrency in the near future. According to the report, the CBI’s vice governor for IT issues, Mehran Moharamian, revealed this. The CBI thinks the launch is vital since cryptocurrencies provide a method for resolving anomalies and decentralizing resources, according to Moharamian.
The digital Rial will be the name of Iran’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), which will be pegged to the country’s currency, the Rial. It was charged with building a national cryptocurrency in 2018 by the Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), the executive arm of the Central Bank of Iran in charge of administering the country’s banking automation and payment services network. Seyyed Abotaleb Najafi, the CEO of ISC, claimed at the time that the digital Rial would be tested first with commercial banks.
“In the first phase the blockchain banking infrastructure will be granted to Iranian commercial banks to use as a token and payment instrument in transactions and banking settlement, he stated.”
The CBDC has so far been built using the open-source Hyperledger Fabric technology, a blockchain architecture created by IBM and Digital Asset, a New York-based firm. The Linux Foundation, which also manages the Hyperledger blockchain consortium, now hosts the Hyperledger Fabric code.
Iran’s newest push toward wider bitcoin adoption is the CBDC announcement. Alireza Peyman-Pak, Iran’s deputy minister of industry, mines, and trade and the head of the country’s Trade Promotion Organization, recently disclosed that the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) had consented to allow cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to be used for foreign settlements. He went on to say that the deal could be implemented in as little as two weeks and that it would be extremely beneficial to the country because cryptocurrencies were becoming increasingly popular among its trading partners.
Since the United States imposed harsh sanctions on Iran, the country has been moving toward alternative methods of facilitating foreign trade and bolstering its domestic economy. Because cryptocurrencies are permissionless, they might theoretically allow Iran to avoid the sanctions’ restrictions on accessing US dollars on the worldwide market. This has been identified as one of Iran’s motivations for adopting cryptocurrency. However, the country has yet to iron out the issues of long-term crypto acceptance, having allowed Bitcoin miners to operate in the country on and off. Bitcoin miners are currently subject to a prohibition that will run until March.