Digitisation in payments and global trade has reached a “tipping point” as a result of the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, creating a new level of comfort and trust in digitally driven transactions, according to a panel of fintech experts.
Global trade has entered a new era where the digital economy is going to be the centre of the world’s economic structure, according to Jack Zhang, chief executive and co-founder of Tencent Holdings-backed payments operator Airwallex.
Airwallex saw usage by its customers jump by 53 per cent in the second quarter from the first, with some of its e-commerce customers experiencing 200 per cent growth in the April-May time frame, Zhang said. Seventy-five per cent of its customers who responded to a recent survey plan to continue to use the digital channel post-pandemic, he said.
“The speed of e-commerce is being accelerated – probably what happened in a