Bank for International Settlements is Testing Tokenized Bank Deposits – Will They Partner with Industry Behemoth Chainlink (LINK)?

  • The Bank for International Settlement is expanding tokenization agenda with Project Agora.
  • The project enjoins participation from major central banks and private companies including potential Chainlink integration.

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) also known as the Central Bank for Central Banks, is now performing trials on how tokenized bank deposits can be integrated into financial systems with “Project Agora.” 

BIS Strategic Approach With “Project Agora”

As revealed in a report, with “Project Agora”, BIS seeks to tokenize money and various financial instruments onto a unified ledger, thus facilitating seamless transactions on a global scale. While the details of the project remain unclear, a closer examination unveils a strategic approach driven by collaboration and innovation.

Simply explained, Tokenization is the process of developing digital assets that represent ownership of a physical asset, such as real estate, equities, or commodities. Tokenization can increase liquidity by making illiquid assets more available to investors and tradeable.

Essentially, Project Agora aims to explore the integration of tokenized commercial bank deposits with tokenized wholesale Central Bank money on a public-private, programmable platform. The project is vital for cross-border transactions, opening new payment settlements and unlocking avenues for previously impractical transactions.

Leveraging its central role, the BIS has formed partnerships with seven Central Banks from key economies including France, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, England, and the United States Federal Reserves. Additionally, the initiative boasts participation from a large group of private financial institutions. Their involvement highlights the breadth of expertise and resources dedicated to the project’s success.

Notably, the BIS relies on the “uniform account book”, a framework introduced in detail last autumn. However, recognizing tokenization as a key technology, the BIS views it as the logical progression in digital accounting and asset transfer. 

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The BIS noted that tokenization, by representing claims digitally on a programmable platform, has the potential to enhance the efficiency and functionality of the monetary and financial systems by removing traditional barriers between settlements.

The BIS acknowledged the advancements brought by crypto and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) to tokenization. It, however, maintains that these systems are inherently flawed and cannot replace traditional currencies issued by Central Banks.

Instead, the BIS advocates for the integration of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), tokenized deposits, and claims on other assets into a single “financial market infrastructure.” According to the BIS, this infrastructure will help prevent fragmentation within the future financial system while allowing for the coexistence of multiple ledgers.

Will BIS Partner With Chainlink (LINK)?

While it is still unclear how BIS plans to conduct the trial, attention has been drawn to whether the Central Bank will collaborate with Chainlink Labs, an industry giant spearheading the tokenization of Real-World Assets (RWA).

Tokenization platforms can set a new standard for verifiability by leveraging secure Chainlink technology to help relay off-chain or cross-chain collateralization data on the blockchain. Reiterating Crypto News Flash’s earlier reports, the protocol says this is the year for mass adoption. 

Moreover, Chainlink said it plans to begin live transactions this year, as previously reported by Crypto News Flash. With recent developments on Chainlink, cooperating with the BIS on its tokenized bank deposit testing is very much doable.

Considering what how it is likely to benefit, LINK is currently trading at a 3% jump to $17.18, with its market capitalization and trading volume standing at $10 billion and $315 million respectively.

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