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Wednesday 21 March 2018


MAS releases DLT prototypes for better payments

Written by Chris Lemmon

The industry consortium led by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) has released the report and source-codes on distributed ledger prototypes for inter-bank payments.

The report describes the prototypes developed on three Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) platforms (Corda, Hyperledger Fabric and Quorum) and shares the findings and observations from the project.

Central banks, financial institutions, as well as academic and research institutions can now tap on the open source-codes to facilitate their experiments, research and innovation. Academics can use the available resources to perform additional research on areas relating to DLT.

Financial institutions can reference the privacy-preservation models for internal projects. The resources also enable central banks to reuse the prototypes to conduct internal trials on domestic inter-bank payments.

MAS will further leverage the collective knowledge of the open-source community though the Linux Foundation and the Hyperledger Project6 and encourage both institutions and individuals to contribute and improve on the prototypes.

Sopnendu Mohanty, chief FinTech officer at MAS, said: “Open-sourcing these prototypes will encourage other central banks to conduct similar trials and engender further development on domestic inter-bank payments. We aim to link up such DLT-based systems in the future for improved cross-border connectivity. This is our contribution to the global financial ecosystem, and a step towards developing cheaper, safer and more efficient cross-border payments.”

Ong-Ang Ai Boon, director of ABS, added: “Project Ubin has brought the banks together in experimenting with DLT in a collaborative, and multidisciplinary manner. We see immense benefits from such industry partnership that creates a vibrant ecosystem. We are also encouraged that the fruits of our project can be shared with other central banks and players in the financial industry to catalyse more innovations.”

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