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Singapore, China to Begin Piloting Digital Currency in Tourism Spending Push

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and China are set to pilot the digital currency "E-CNY," also known as the digital yuan, in an effort to promote tourism spending. This collaboration stems from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2020. The digital currency, developed by the People's Bank of China, MAS, and the Digital Currency Institute of the People's Bank of China, will enable travelers from Singapore and China to use E-CNY for tourism purposes in both countries. The discussions regarding this digital currency took place at the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation in Tianjin. The E-CNY is China's digital version of the yuan, primarily designed for domestic retail payments. It aims to fulfill the public's need for cash in the digital economy era and support the development of retail payment infrastructure. While China has been testing the currency domestically, it plans to explore cross-border payment programs in the future. Singapore's central bank's managing director, Ravi Menon, has expressed that private cryptocurrencies lacking fundamental financial service tests will eventually diminish, emphasizing the importance of central bank digital currencies, tokenized bank liabilities, and well-regulated stablecoins in the future monetary system. The collaboration between Singapore and China also includes the launch of an exchange-traded funds link between the Singapore Exchange and Shanghai Stock Exchange. Furthermore, the two countries have agreed to implement a 30-day mutual visa exemption agreement next year, enhancing their trade pact.
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