Asia’s Payments Revolution
The economic gains brought by digital payments are significant. Greater financial inclusion and less friction in commerce lead to increased spending on goods and services. This, in turn, creates a virtuous economic cycle whereby increased consumption translates into more jobs and higher income. Moody’s Analytics estimates that increasing electronic payments contributed an additional $296 billion to consumption between 2011 and 2015, or a 0.1% cumulative increase in global GDP during the period. They also created 2.6 million jobs on average each year. By harnessing payments innovation, Asia can further accelerate its economic growth.