All fintech companies will use blockchain within 10 years: Aussie government report – Cointelegraph

All fintech companies will use blockchain within 10 years: Aussie government report – Cointelegraph

The Australian government’s Senate Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology has released a draft report citing blockchain technology more than 50 times.

The report is in response to Australia’s first recession in 30 years as a result of COVID-19, which was confirmed in the June quarter’s negative growth announced on September 2.

The document makes numerous recommendations about how the nation can “embrace technology and become globally competitive” said committee head Senator Andrew Bragg. He added:

It is my hope this interim report can be seen as a series of quick wins: new jobs and more choices.

There are dozens of references to blockchain and distributed ledger technology and the report cites submissions to the committee that blockchain’s potential is “estimated at $175 billion annually within five years and $3 trillion by 2030”. It quoted Piper Alderman partner Michael Bacina as saying blockchain’s use cases would grow exponentially across the financial and regulatory sectors:

Most fintech and regtech projects will either be built predominantly on distributed ledger technology or blockchain or heavily using that within the next 10 years.

The tax treatment of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) was addressed specifically with the recommendation that the regulatory framework around ICOs be developed to encourage blockchain development rather than inhibit it.

Power Ledger’s co-founder and Executive Chairman Dr Jemma Green highlighted that more than $26 billion had been raised through ICOs, however Australia has captured less than one percent of this value. She explained that
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