The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is looking to develop a new system for its digital currency, the eNaira, and is in early-stage talks with New York-based blockchain firm R3, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The CBN wants to “develop its own software for the digital currency so that it can keep full control of the effort,” according to Bloomberg.
Nigeria was the first African nation to issue a digital version of its national currency in October 2021. Nearly a year later, the central bank announced the eNaira had been used for around $10 million worth of transactions.
The central bank worked with Utah-based Bitt Inc. to issue the eNaira in 2021, and the company won’t immediately be replaced by new partners, according to Bloomberg.
Bitt told Bloomberg it was aware that the CBN “works with various service providers to explore technical innovations for their digital infrastructure” and that it’s “currently developing additional features and enhancements” for the eNaira system.
CoinDesk reached out to R3 and the CBN for comment.