Brazilian CBDC Pilot: Global Giants Visa And Mastercard Join

The pilot project for the Brazilian central bank’s digital currency (CBDC) is poised to garner participation from both domestic and international companies. Banco Central do Brazil, the country’s central bank, recently announced its plan to onboard participants onto the digital real platform starting in mid-June 2023.

Brazilian CBDC Pilot Project

The Central Bank of Brazil (BC) unveiled the list of selected participants for the Real Digital Pilot on May 24. The BC received an overwhelming response, with 36 proposals expressing interest in taking part in the Piloto RD. These submissions included individual applications as well as consortia of entities, representing over 100 institutions from diverse financial sectors.

Among the 14 selected parties are major global players such as Visa and Mastercard, along with prominent Brazilian banking institutions including Itaú Unibanco and BTG Pactual. The participation of these renowned entities underscores the significance and potential of the Brazilian CBDC project.

The official announcement of the Brazilian CBDC pilot occurred in 2022, unveiling crucial project details. The digital real, the country’s central bank digital currency, will be pegged to the national fiat currency, the real. It will have a fixed supply and will be gradually minted over time. Fabio Araujo, the project coordinator for the bank’s CBDC initiative, revealed that the goal is to achieve widespread adoption of the CBDC among the general population by the end of 2024.


 Brazil’s Crypto Landscape

Brazil, with its population of 214 million, stands as the largest country in Latin America and has shown an increasing interest in cryptocurrencies. The nation has explored the development of regulatory frameworks for digital assets. In February, the Ministério Público Federal (MPF) confirmed its active efforts in formulating provisions to facilitate the legal process of confiscating these digital assets. Moreover, in January, Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced a partnership with Mastercard, further highlighting Brazil’s growing importance in the global crypto landscape.

As Brazil continues to embrace cryptocurrencies and advance regulatory frameworks, the participation of Visa and Mastercard in the Brazilian CBDC project solidifies the country’s position as a key player in the evolving global crypto ecosystem. The successful implementation of the CBDC pilot has the potential to pave the way for the digital transformation of Brazil’s financial landscape.