Contxto – What are Ripple and the Central Bank of Brazil up to? On May 30, reps from both parties had a closed-door meeting. During the video conference call, Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse talked to the Bank’s President, Roberto Campos Neto.
The objective of the meeting was to discuss “institutional matters”. This incredibly vague wording leaves room for speculation. Especially given that Ripple is a fintech that builds payment systems, operates as a remittance exchange, and cryptocurrency exchange.
It might have been a lobbying effort on Ripple’s end to court Campos Neto, who’s made commentary that suggests he’s a blockchain tech advocate. So it’s possible that Ripple is pitching for the bank to adopt blockchain technology onto some of its projects.
Maybe we’ll find out soon.
Ripple in Brazil
Ripple has been pining for a bigger stake in the Brazilian and Latin American markets for some time now.
In June of 2019, it opened offices in São Paulo. It’s also already working with three major financial institutions: Santander, Bradesco, and Banco Rendimiento.
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Of course it doesn’t want to stop there.
It also wants to land deals in Chile, Peru, and Argentina. And the fact that it already has some clients in Brazil paints it in a favorable light to expand in the region.
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