Wales Eyes Own Digital Currency for Speedy Business Transactions

By Brian Njuguna   Oct 17, 2019 2 Min Read

Wales has set its sights on creating a complementary digital currency according to an official government announcement on Oct.7th. It has been speculated that it could enhance the nation’s economy by
approximately £250m in the next ten years. 

The digital currency network known as Celyn is set to enhance business transactions necessitated in the exchange of products or services without the urge for traditional payments, such as the British Pound. 

Notably, the Celyn mutual credit system to be used is founded on a Sardinian model known as the Sardex, a business-to-business electronic credit system. Using the Foundational Economy Challenge Fund, the Welsh Government awarded Circular Economy Wales with £100,000 for the project. 

The CEO of Circular Economy Wales, Eifion Williams, is optimistic that the Sardex model will be instrumental because it helped the Sardinian SME economy leap 50 million euros in 2018 alone. 

According to Lee Water, the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, the Economic Action Plan put in place is pivotal in laying the direction needed for a more balanced and broader approach for economic growth. 

The Minister also noted:

"The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund is fundamental to this, and I’m intrigued to see the results of this mutual credit system pilot by Circular Economy Wales.”

Blockchain and digital currencies are continuously being embraced across the globe by different nations and institutions. As earlier reported by Blockchain.News, Bank of America, the second-largest bank in the United States, recently announced various blockchain job openings, another strong indication that more banks are now looking at ways to embrace blockchain technology in their operations. 


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Brian Njuguna
He is an accomplished corporate writer and entrepreneur based in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a Bachelors of Economics & Statistics, Second Class Upper Division, from Kenyatta University. Brian has a penchant for Blockchain and Cryptocurrency because he believes the present systems will be altered by these innovations as they reign supreme as we gear towards the fourth industrial revolution or 4IR.

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