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Project Garuda is an initiative which encompasses the endeavors in exploring the optimal design for Indonesian CBDC, or Digital Rupiah. Digital Rupiah is a contribution brought by Bank Indonesia to the nation in a struggle to safeguard the sovereignty of Rupiah in the digital era.
The project reinforces Bank Indonesia's preceding initiatives in advancing digital transformation of the country, particularly with the mutual objective of accomplishing an end-to-end integration of economy and finance, which has been promoted through the Indonesian Payment System Blueprint 2025 (BSPI 2025) and Blueprint for Money Market Development 2025 (BPPU 2025).
As a first step, Bank Indonesia issued a white paper concerning the development of Digital Rupiah on 30 November 2022. The White Paper elaborated the high-level design for Digital Rupiah under the hood of Project Garuda as well as initiated public communication regarding the development plan of Digital Rupiah.
This White Paper elucidated: (i) Digital Rupiah end-to-end integrated design configuration, (ii) Digital Rupiah design features that would stimulate new business models, (iii) Digital Rupiah technology architecture, as well as (iv) regulatory and policy supports for the implementation of the Digital Rupiah design.
Considering its extensive implications, this national-scale initiative requires synergistic efforts in its formulation and implementation. Similarly, the synergy with the international central banking community and international organizations is essential to ensure the alignment of the Digital Rupiah design with various interoperability initiatives for cross-border transactions.
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What is a CBDCs?
CBDCs are a new form of central bank money which is the liability of the central bank, is denominated in the national official currency, and could serve as a medium of exchange, unit of account, or store of value.
The framework of Digital Rupiah: why, what, and how?
The idea to develop Digital Rupiah as the Indonesian CBDC is driven by three key factors. First, the status of Bank Indonesia as the sole institution with the authority to issue the Indonesian currency. Second, the prolonged effort of Bank Indonesia to strengthen its role in the international stage. Third, the necessity to accelerate integration of national digital economy and finance.
Based on these key drivers, Digital Rupiah design will then be formulated to achieve three objectives. First, Digital Rupiah as a digital legal tender for the Republic of Indonesia, complementing banknotes and coins. Second, Digital Rupiah as a core instrument for Bank Indonesia in carrying out its mandate in the digital era. Third, Digital Rupiah as a primary element in supporting the development of national financial systems and the integration of national digital economy and finance.
What are the stages of Digital Rupiah Development?
There will be 3 (three) phases of Digital Rupiah development: immediate phase, intermediate phase, and final phase. Each phase will start with public consultations (consultative papers and focus group discussions), followed by technological experimentation (proof of concept, prototyping, and piloting/sandboxing), and conclude with policy stance review.
Disclaimer: Bank Indonesia believes that Digital Rupiah has the potential to preserve the sovereignty of Rupiah in the digital era, including supporting integrated digital economy and finance as well as creating the opportunities for more equitable and sustainable financial inclusion. Nonetheless, most central banks are still mindful before taking a decision to issue a CBDC for the public. There are stages of further experimentations and discussions required. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in the development of CBDC as each country has its own unique characteristics and specific policy contexts.