The nation’s central bank, Banco Central do Brasil, has established a digital currency (CBDC) platform trial program. Microsoft, Banco Inter, 7COMm, Visa, Santander, and numerous Brazilian banking institutions were among the 14 partners chosen from a pool of 36 applications submitted by individual firms and consortia. Through a single use case, the platform’s privacy and programmability features will be evaluated in the pilot. Digital real would have a set quantity and be issued over time, with its value tied to the real, the country’s fiat currency. Brazil, home to 214 million people, continues to be a desirable site for international cryptocurrency businesses. Binance and Mastercard joined together in January to introduce a prepaid cryptocurrency card in the nation, while Coinbase has collaborated with regional payment processors to facilitate cryptocurrency purchases. The central bank authorized Latam Gateway to function as an electronic money issuer and payment institution on May 19.
Due to its robust regulatory framework, talent pool, and well-established technological community, Gemini picked Dublin as the base for its European operations. Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, applauded the decision and cited the government’s emphasis on innovation as a catalyst for prosperity. Because of the reputation of the regulation, CBI, IT community, and talent, according to Cameron Winklevoss, Ireland is their entry point into the EU. After the EU adopted the new Markets in Crypto-Assets laws (MiCA), Gemini obtained a license from the Central Bank of Ireland as a virtual asset service provider and intends to hire more people. The action was taken in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s action against Gemini in January, which coincides with growing regulatory pressure in the US.