The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has shortlisted 15 “Global CBDC Challenge” participants to help build an in-house retail central bank digital currency (CBDC).
An announcement shared by the MAS shows that the finalists include six companies from Singapore, four from the United States, and one each from Australia, Barbados, Germany, France and Switzerland, out of which only three winners will be selected for deploying a retail CBDC in Singapore.
Soon after the Singaporean central bank announced cash prizes for digital currency ideas back on Jun. 28, the challenge reportedly saw the participation of over 300 fintech companies spread across more than 50 countries.
The global finalists include ANZ Banking Group Limited (Australia), Bitt (Barbados), Giesecke+Devrient advance52 GmbH (Germany), Criteo (France) and Soramitsu (Switzerland).
From the home ground, shortlisted Singaporean consortiums include Citibank N.A., HSBC Bank Limited and HSBC Holdings plc, IDEMIA, IOG Singapore Pte Ltd., Standard Chartered Bank and Xfers Pte. Ltd.
The United States-based companies are cLabs, Inc., Consensys,