Global provider of secure financial messaging services, SWIFT, has ousted the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) from its financial banking system. The US-led sanctions will make it difficult for Iran to settle its international deals. In response, the authorities in Iran have accelerated the development of their state-backed national digital currency.
According to a local media source, Informatics Services Corporation (ISC), a private tech wing of the CBI, confirmed that they had developed the said crypto-rial. The company’s CEO Seyyed Abotaleb Najafi claimed that their digital currency would eliminate the role of international financial settlement groups like SWIFT. It will be used in a distributed or one-to-one framework for transferring value without intermediaries.