30 July 2021, Bridgetown, Barbados – DCash, the digital currency developed by global fintech company, Bitt, has been publicly launched by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) in the volcano-struck country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
The ECCB sees the roll-out of DCash in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as key to assisting with the rebuilding efforts in that country, following the recent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. The DCash platform provides a safer, faster, cheaper way for persons to send and receive funds via the use of a smart device and seeks to increase financial inclusion in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), especially to those who do not have access to traditional banking services.
Following the launch announcement, Bitt’s CEO, Brian Popelka, commented, “This digital financial technology will be especially meaningful to the unbanked and the underbanked of SVG in the wake of a natural disaster. The public issuance of DCash in [SVG] exemplifies Bitt’s commitment to our mandate of enabling payments and empowering people through the licensing of our full Digital Currency Management System (DCMS).”
Bitt has been the ECCB’s technology partner since 2019 and has recently published its first of many international patents, based on its DCMS. DCash is a full demonstration of this technology. Bitt implements upgrades and feature enhancements at the direction of the ECCB, which has ultimate ownership of DCash.
Popelka explained, “Our proprietary minting system guarantees that the central bank will always have control over the money supply. The public can also feel safe and secure knowing that DCash, and any other Bitt-developed CBDC solution, is designed to be trustworthy and controlled solely by the central bank.”
DCash is in public circulation in five of the eight ECCB member countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The ECCB will issue DCash to the remaining three member countries by the end of September 2021. Bitt’s technical support and stakeholder engagements are already underway in those countries: Commonwealth of Dominica, and the two British Overseas Territories of Anguilla and Montserrat.