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Palau and Ripple Join Forces to Mint First Palau Stablecoin

An island country in Micronesia subregion of Oceania in the western Pacific, the Republic of Palau has partnered with Ripple Labs to mint its inaugural stablecoin, the Palau Stablecoin (PSC).

The event, held at the National Capitol in Ngerulmud, Palau, brought together representatives from the Palau National Treasury and Ripple to celebrate the successful launch of the Palau Stablecoin.

Jay Hunter Anson, Director of Palau's Digital Residency Program and a member of Palau's Ministry of Finance, took to Twitter to share the exciting news about the collaboration.

The Palau Ministry of Finance has initiated the Stablecoin project with the aim of addressing specific needs within the nation's financial landscape.

By sponsoring this project, the ministry sought to reduce payment costs within the Republic of Palau and improve access to financial services - particularly for underserved communities and various socio-economic groups, by leveraging digital solutions.

During the launch, Anson expressed the importance of the PSC as they explore potential use cases within Palau. "The PSC launch is an important milestone in our collaboration with Ripple, as we work together to explore the possibilities of this stablecoin in specific use cases within our country."

"We have received explicit approval from the Palau Congress, giving the PSC pilot program an official stamp of legitimacy," Anson tweeted.

Anson also shared insights into the careful development process of the Palau Stablecoin.

The team has conducted controlled and limited PSC pilot tests to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution co-designed with Ripple.

"Our controlled pilot tests have been enlightening, and we are optimistic about the potential impact of the Palau Stablecoin on our nation's economy," Anson stated.

Videos shared by Anson on Twitter showcased volunteer users actively participating in the Palau Stablecoin pilot program.

The partnership between Ripple and the Republic of Palau was established at the end of the previous year.

Notably, the island state operates without a functioning central bank, with the US dollar recognized as the main medium of exchange throughout the country.

The creation of a USD-backed stablecoin is a significant step for Palau's national stablecoin initiative, with the president describing it as a "step towards our own central bank digital currency."

This initiative aims to bring about positive changes in the country's financial landscape and create new opportunities for financial inclusion in Palau.

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