Circle Submits Application to Work with Financial Institutions for BIS Project Agorá

As a strong proponent of public-private sector collaboration in building a safer, more resilient and more efficient financial system, Circle are pleased to announce that they have submitted an application to participate in Project Agorá,”an initiative led by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and supported by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

As one of the “largest” regulated stablecoin issuers globally, Circle is looking forward to bringing its wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, “particularly in the realm of tokenized cross-border payments.”

Circle says its motivation to participate in Project Agorá stems from their “commitment to harnessing the power of digital currencies and blockchain technology to transform global financial transactions.”

Circle says they believe that “both banks and non-banks should compete on level playing fields in public-sector-led innovation projects in order to leverage the expertise and experience necessary to tackle critical challenges in financial innovation and to reduce systemic risks.”

Circle claims that it “has been at the forefront of innovation in payments, digital currencies, and tokenization, with a focus on leveraging the power of stablecoins for various kinds of applications.”

As of May 2024, they have reportedly “supported billions in transaction volume on public blockchains, often cross-border, through their flagship products, USDC and EURC.”

As an example of our experience in cross-border payment facilitation, Circle notes that they partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in order to “provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons in Ukraine using USDC.”

Circle would be pleased to “bring this wealth of experience and knowledge to Project Agorá.”

The firm added:

“We believe that the breakthroughs of blockchain represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a digitally connected global financial system that upgrades decades-old, fragmented, legacy settlement systems with the internet’s speed, scale, and cost advantages. Now is the time to plan and build, and we are excited to be part of this journey.”

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