South Africa's central bank has launched a program that will trial JPMorgan's Quorum blockchain for interbank clearing and settlement.
British MEP Kay Swinburne has called on the U.K. to implement and champion blockchain technology as the country moves to leave the EU.
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has said it's not his institution's job to regulate cryptocurrencies.
The ECB executive board member has supported recent criticism of bitcoin by Agustin Carstens, head of the Bank for International Settlements.
The head of the Bank for International Settlements has blasted bitcoin as "a bubble," "a Ponzi scheme" and an "environmental disaster."
Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan warned on Wednesday that cryptocurrencies are dangerous, but that blockchain technology is not to blame.
Former New Hampshire governor and three-term senator Judd Gregg has said he believes bitcoin could alter how the world views currency.
Swift formalizes another major blockchain project by signing a memorandum of understanding with seven Central Securities Depositories.
However, regulators in China reportedly plan to withdraw preferential benefits such as tax deductions and cheap electricity available to mining firms.