The Central Bank of Tunisia is denying reports that it has launched a digital currency.
In a sweeping rejection published this week the central bank quashed “unfounded” rumors that it had become the first monetary authority to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), asserting instead that an unaffiliated “proof of concept” project was taken “out of context:”
“The [Central Bank of Tunisia] has not engaged any relationship, of any kind, with any national or foreign provider with the aim of creating any digital currency.”
It did admit that it is considering a CBDC, as it says it is studying “all existing alternatives.” But there are no immediate plans for an E-Dinar to go live. “The bank is studying the opportunities and risks inherent in these new technologies, particularly in terms of cyber security and financial stability.”
Last week, Russia’s state-owned Tass news agency reported the Central Bank was partnering with the Universa Blockchain to develop and issue a digital currency. The announcement was claimed to have come at a FOREX Club Tunisia event.
But the Central Bank said that no announcement was ever made. Instead, it pointed to a CBDC test project demonstration at the FOREX event at the root of the misunderstanding.
“This test of POC (Proof of concept) was taken out of context becoming a marketing operation where the name of the [Central Bank of Tunisia] was improperly used.”
The test was facilitated by a “private startup with no moral or contractual relationship” with the bank.
Tunisian flag image via CoinDesk archives