Canada's central bank is embarking on the next phase of its ongoing "Project Jasper" distributed ledger research initiative.
In addition to the Bank of Canada, Payments Canada – which operates the primary payment channels within the country – and exchange operator TMX are also taking part. An as-yet-undecided "vendor" will contribute, and the selection process is already under way, according to statements.
Project Jasper has been framed by Bank of Canada as a way to explore various uses of distributed ledger tech, and to date has focused primary on settling payments. The new phase will focus on the creation of an "integrated securities and payment platform." The proof-of-concept will focus on both the clearing and settlement of securities transactions.
Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor of the Canadian central bank, said of the new phase:
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