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CBN Selects Technical Partner For Digital Currency Project

Ebuka Daniel

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the formal engagement of the global
Fintech company, Bitt Inc., as the Technical Partner for its digital currency, named eNaira,
which is due to be unveiled later in the year.

This development was disclosed in Abuja by the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. Godwin
Emefiele, who listed the benefits of the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to include
increased cross-border trade, accelerated financial inclusion, cheaper and faster remittance
inflows, easier targeted social interventions, as well as improvements in monetary policy
effectiveness, payment systems efficiency, and tax collection.

Project Giant, as the Nigerian CBDC pilot is known, has been a long and thorough process
for the CBN, with the Bank’s decision to digitize the Naira in 2017, following extensive
research and explorations.

Given the significant explosion in the use of digital payments and
the rise in the digital economy, the CBN’s decision follows an unmistakable global trend in
which over 85 percent of Central Banks are now considering adopting digital currencies in
their countries.

The CBN’s selection of Bitt Inc, from among highly competitive bidders, was hinged on the
company’s technological competence, efficiency, platform security, interoperability, and
implementation experience.

In choosing Bitt Inc, the CBN will rely on the company’s tested and proven digital currency
experience, which is already in circulation in several Eastern Caribbean Countries. Bitt Inc.
was key to the development and successful launch of the central bank digital currency
(CBDC) pilot of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) in April 2021.

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