Singapore payments platform ready for launch

Project Ubin will provide an interface for 'other blockchain networks to connect and integrate seamlessly'

Singapore payments platform ready for launch

The Singaporean government announced Monday that its blockchain payments platform, Project Ubin, is ready to be launched commercially. 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) first undertook Project Ubin in 2017 with plans to first develop a digitized Singapore dollar (SGD). The next steps involved exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to build a system for the clearing and settlement of payments and securities using digital SGD, Cointelegraph reported.

For the final phase of the project, MAS worked in collaboration with the Singapore-based investment company Temasek and the American investment bank JPMorgan. 

MAS had successfully completed the development of the payments network prototype in November 2019. The authority has since been testing the system for its ability to function smoothly with commercial blockchain applications.

According to MAS’s official announcement, the payments network will provide an interface for “other blockchain networks to connect and integrate seamlessly.” 

Among other use cases, the system will allow for faster and cheaper cross-border payments in multiple currencies, foreign currency exchange, and settlement of currency-denominated securities, reported Reuters.

Blockchain and crypto innovation

Last month, Ravi Menon, the managing director of the MAS, stated that the country was planning to work in close collaboration with China to experiment with a central bank digital currency.

Apart from the government-backed blockchain projects, Singapore’s private sector is also booming with blockchain and crypto innovation. In the past 12 months, Singapore has seen a 50% increase in the number of blockchain companies across the country.