To improve the country’s high-value payment system, Colombia’s central bank is experimenting with Ripple’s new end-to-end central bank digital currency technology. How will this collaboration affect the price of XRP?
On Thursday, Ripple announced that the central bank of Colombia and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinTIC) would be exploring the use of blockchain technology in the country’s high value electronic payment system with Ripple.
The central bank did not specifically state it will pilot test a central bank digital currency, even though it will employ Ripple’s CBDC platform, supported by a private version of the XRP Ledger.
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— Ripple (@Ripple) June 15, 2023
Ripple has not let regulatory constraints prevent it from innovating and expanding its reach, notably in Colombia, despite the fact that the blockchain startup is still engaged in a highly publicized legal dispute with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
A Technological Solution In The Offing For Colombia?
Blockchain technology was highlighted by Colombia’s minister of information and communication technology, Mauricio Lizcano, who claimed that it would offer a technological solution (Prototype) that would enable simulations of various use cases in the high-value payment system.
Peersyst Technology, a blockchain technology company based in the region, is MinTIC’s direct partner.
According to James Wallis, vice president of central bank engagements and CBDCs, Ripple:
“By harnessing the power of the CBDC Platform, based upon the XRPL, this project will pave the way for transformative advancements in the utilization of blockchain technology within the public sector.”
Ripple previously introduced its end-to-end XRPL-driven CBDC solution, which would enable central banks, financial service providers, and governments to establish their own digital currencies while also assisting them in resolving issues with CBDC deployments.
The Colombian government said in August 2022 that it was looking into introducing a CBDC to facilitate transactions and decrease tax evasion, and that it also planned to prohibit cash transactions for quantities more than 10 million Colombian pesos (about $2,390).
A digital asset custody technology provider, Metaco was bought by Ripple a few months ago, and its clientele includes several large, systemically significant institutions.
What The Latest Collaboration Means For XRP Price
Meanwhile, XRP is back in the red despite briefly rising above $0.55 earlier, adding more than $2 billion to its market capitalization in a 24-hour span, and the publication of the contentious papers pertinent to the Ripple lawsuit.
At the time of writing, and after news of the Ripple-Colombia central bank partnership broke out, the price of the XRP token looked it could use more energy to extricate itself out of negative territory.
According to the most recent data provided by cryptocurrency market tracker CoinMarketCap, XRP was down by almost a percent in the twenty-four hour time frame, down 8.56 percent in the last seven days, and threatening the 18 percent gain over the past month. XRP is currently trading at $0.47.
XRP market cap currently at $24.8 billion. Chart: TradingView.com
There are a number of possible explanations for the recent drop in the price of XRP following the announcement of the partnership between Ripple and the central bank of Colombia.
XRP price all in red. Source: CoinMarketCap
First, investors may not put much stock in the relationship because of the regulatory concerns that typically accompany partnerships between cryptocurrencies and traditional financial institutions.
The trend of XRP’s price could be affected by selling pressure due to this uncertainty. The general state of the market and the attitude of investors could also be factors in the drop of cryptocurrency prices.
XRP Price Trajectory: Factors To Consider
The price of XRP may fall regardless of specific news or collaborations if there is a lack of confidence in the crypto sector or a general slowdown in the broader economy.
Investor emotion, market conditions, and regulatory considerations all play a role in how much of an effect the Ripple-Colombia central bank agreement has on XRP’s price.
At the same time, the dispute between the SEC and Ripple is a major factor influencing the value of XRP. Although the release of the Hinman documents first boosted XRP since they appeared to support Ripple’s case, the altcoin’s price eventually fell as investors’ confusion and worry overcame their initial joy.
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