Visa Completes Pilot Test with HSBC and Hang Seng Bank

Visa, in collaboration with HSBC and Hang Seng Bank, has successfully completed a pilot test as part of the “Digital Hong Kong Dollar” initiative by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). This milestone opens up new possibilities for secure and efficient financial transactions.

Transforming Interbank B2B Payments

The pilot program explored the potential of tokenized deposits, focusing on interbank B2B payments in property transactions and settlements between payment institutions and merchants. The results showed promising outcomes, including faster payments, improved settlement risk management, better control, and enhanced transaction transparency. This test sets a new industry standard by demonstrating the atomicity and interoperability of such transactions.

Tokenized deposits have revolutionized the financial industry by creating a new communication channel for banks and digital assets. Visa, HSBC, and Hang Seng Bank are committed to exploring further applications of tokenized deposits, such as asset market tokenization, programmable finance, expanded retail solutions, and cross-border payments.

Advancing Payment Solutions for All

Visa Hong Kong and Macau’s Managing Director, Liang Puning, emphasized the importance of the HKMA’s pilot program in driving payment innovation. The research conclusively demonstrates that Visa’s payment solutions are versatile and enable safe money movement, benefiting citizens, businesses, and markets.

Visa’s collaboration with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, HSBC, and Hang Seng Bank showcases its commitment to driving innovation and convenience in financial transactions. Nischint Sanghavi, Head of Digital Currency Business Unit, Asia Pacific, Visa, highlighted the potential benefits of implementing a central bank digital currency, including faster settlements, seamless experiences for large-value transactions, heightened transaction transparency, and the transformative impact of a 24/7 online payment infrastructure.

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Visa’s participation in the pilot program provides valuable insights for the application of central bank digital currencies and shapes the future of the payments ecosystem.

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