Blockchain Can Give $1.7T Boost to Global Economy by 2030: PwC Report

A new PwC report claims blockchain technology can add $1.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, with the Asian continent standing to benefit the most.

Oct 12, 2020 at 11:01 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:08 a.m. UTC

Blockchain technology stands to boost the global economy by $1.7 trillion in the next decade with Asia seeing the most economic benefit, according to a new report by consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

  • PwC economists forecast a tipping point in 2025 if blockchain technologies are adopted at scale across the world, and expect blockchain applications to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by $1.76 trillion, (1.4% of global GDP) by 2030.  
  • According to the report, blockchain will make the biggest impact on Asia’s economy with China, India and Japan driving adoption in the region.
  • China stands to gain the highest potential net benefit at $440 billion, with the U.S. following at $407 billion. 
  • Germany, Japan, U.K., India and France are each estimated to benefit by more than $50 billion in the same period.
  • The report identified five key application areas of blockchain with potential to generate economic value: product tracking and tracing ($962 billion), financial services and payments ($433 billion), identity security and credentials ($224 billion), contracts and dispute resolution ($73 billion), customer engagement and reward programs ($54 billion). 
  • Public administration, education and health care sectors will benefit the most ($574 billion increase by 2030) by “capitalizing on the efficiencies blockchain brings to the world of identity and credentials,” the report said.
  • A survey conducted as part of the report revealed 61% of CEOs across the world are placing digital transformation of core business operations and processes among their top three priorities.
  • “Serious activity around blockchain is cutting through every industry across the globe right now,” Steve Davies, global Blockchain leader at PwC, said in the report. In a press statement he added that the acceleration of disruptive trends in the business world is driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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