Sand Dollar roll-out continues with successful implementation across government agencies

Bahamian residents will now be able to pay for government services with the new digital Sand Dollars.  The Central Bank’s Sand Dollar roll-out has reached a new milestone for the Government’s Digital Transformation after a successful round of testing as a form of payment within the Bahamas Digital Payment Platform, also known as DigiPay.

The country’s global-leading digital currency was used as payment for a Character Certificate (ie. Police Record) at the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) this week and passed all phases of the testing without incident. As a result, the government and the Central Bank, will begin integrating other agencies throughout the government into the Sand Dollar ecosystem.  
 

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Kimwood Mott, Project Manager, Digital Currency, Central Bank of The Bahamas, Nicole Riley Director - Revenue Audit & Cash Management Unit, Ministry of Finance and Garnell Rolle, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Criminal Records Office picture at the pilot test of Sanddollar transactions on the DigiPay platform.

“The government’s push towards a more digitized Bahamas is continuing to take shape with this exciting development. With DigiPay, we are modernizing the way Bahamians pay for government services: improving the efficiency, access, and security of payments by means of digital innovation. We are able to further this goal with the successful implementation of Sand Dollar’s ecosystem which aims to achieve similar outcomes for our country’s payment landscape. With that, the Sand Dollar will soon serve as a standard means of payment collection through the DigiPay platform for Government services,” said Minister of State for Finance J. Kwasi Thompson.

“This step is also a historic achievement which signals the Government’s commitment to building and expanding the Sand Dollar ecosystem across the Bahamas. This step encourages the public to participate in the Sand Dollar ecosystem by affording them the opportunity to pay for Government services with the convenience that digital currency brings. This step also establishes the Bahamas as a world leader in Central Bank Digital Currencyjk.” said Minister of State for Finance J. Kwasi Thompson  

The final install of the equipment allowing RBPF to collect Sand Dollar as a means of payment was completed this week past allowing for payment for government revenue at the RBPF Oakes Field office through Sand Dollar.  Throughout the remainder of the month, more agencies will be brought on and   equipped with the necessary hardware to allow more agencies to be able to accept Sand Dollars across government.
 
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“This is an exciting moment for our team! I applaud the efforts of Kristie Powell, representing the technical arm of DigiPay, and all stakeholders involved for such a smooth and productive testing period,” said Nicole Reilly, Director of the Revenue Audit and Cash Management Unit at the Ministry of Finance. 

 

“Phase one of the Sand Dollar ecosystem build, which encompasses revenue collection for government agencies, is now complete on the technical side. We are eager to move onto phase two which involves government expenditure payouts in Sand Dollars throughout the cash districts of our Southern Bahamian islands. The tentative date for this phase to go live is set for September 1, 2021.”, added Reilly

 
The innovation and novelty of the country’s Sand Dollar has garnered international recognition. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently named Sand Dollar as the top central bank digital currency in the world. The development of this groundbreaking project has progressed further than that of top countries such as China.