Brazilian Central Bank Ramps Up Blockchain R&D Efforts

The Brazilian central bank Banco Central do Brasil is ramping up its research and development (R&D) efforts on Blockchain technology. The central bank is reportedly experimenting with “just about every Blockchain platform it can get its hands on.”

As of mid-November 2017, the central bank is in the process of developing proofs-of-concept on four different platforms. The platforms are Ethereum, JP Morgan’s Quorum, Hyperledger Fabric and R3’s newly launched Corda 1.0.

According to Banco Central do Brasil’s Deputy Head of IT Department, Aristides Andrade Cavalcante Neto, their efforts are intended to adopt a different business model by using emerging innovations.

“We are a central bank, and we enjoy a lot of stability. But you have to think change. You have to think in a different business model. So, for us, that’s the most difficult part of this kind of work when we’re talking about innovation.”

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