On 23 January 2024, the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Innovation Hub announced its first six projects for its 2024 work programme. The projects focus on safety and security, green finance and next generation financial infrastructures. Additional work on advanced data analytics and tokenisation are also planned.
Head of the BIS Innovation Hub Cecilia Skingsley said: “After completing 12 projects in 2023, we are looking forward to another busy year ahead”.
The new projects include:
- Project Leap, from the Eurosystem Centre, starts its phase II, aiming to “quantum-proof” payment systems, after successfully establishing a quantum-safe communication channel between the central banks of France and Germany in its first phase. Now, the project will show how a payment system can be protected from the potential threat of quantum computers, which may be able to break the encryption systems used nowadays to protect financial transactions.
- Project Symbiosis, from the Hong Kong Centre, will test the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies for supply chain disclosure and adaptation. The project will seek to improve the tracking of so-called Scope 3 emissions, which are less well defined and harder to track. It will do this by working with the private sector and civil society organisations in creating AI-supported methodologies for emissions disclosures by small and medium-sized companies.
- Project Aurum, from the Hong Kong Centre, enters a new phase in which it will study the privacy of payments in retail central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The goal is to leverage expertise from academia and privacy regulators to advance central banks’ understanding of privacy in the design of CBDC systems.
- Project NGFS Data Directory 2.0, led by the Singapore Centre, will rebuild the data directory platform of the Network for Greening the Financial System. While the directory’s first version was built to systematically identify and map climate-related data gaps, the revised version will aim to facilitate searching and browsing through data sources, making the directory more usable as a public resource.
- Project Promissa tests the feasibility of tokenising promissory notes, financial instruments that help fund multilateral development banks and other international financial institutions. In many cases, these are still paper-based. The project will use distributed ledger technology to simplify their management and transparency. It is conducted jointly with the Swiss National Bank and the World Bank Group, with the International Monetary Fund as observer.
- Project Hertha, launched by the London Centre, aims to test the use of network analytics to help identify financial crime patterns in payment systems. It will map current and emerging financial crime typologies in real-time payment systems, drawing upon lessons from instant payment systems and digital asset networks.