Blockchain investment continues to surge as new, practical business applications gain traction and business leaders begin to see beyond the “hype cycle,” according to Deloitte’s “2019 Global Blockchain Survey,” released today. While blockchain implementation continues to increase across financial services, its transformational importance is gaining momentum across multiple sectors, including technology, life sciences, media, telecommunications and government. The survey reveals that executives see blockchain as a more mature solution, while they’re taking pragmatic approaches toward investments and adoption.
Eighty-three percent of the 2019 blockchain-savvy survey respondents cite that their organizations see compelling use cases for blockchain, and more than half (53%) reported that blockchain technology has become a critical priority for their organization this year — a 10 percentage point increase over last year. This momentum is translating into action, with 40% reporting that they are willing to invest US$5 million or more in new blockchain initiatives over the next 12 months.
Moving from ‘will it work’ to ‘what will it disrupt’
More organizations across a wider variety of sectors are expanding and diversifying their blockchain initiatives. This is occurring even as uncertainty remains about having the talent, strategic vision and experience to adopt blockchain solutions and fully realize the technology’s benefits. Overall, survey respondents pointed to more diverse advantages than in 2018. For example, there was a 12 percentage point increase in those planning to replace current systems of record with blockchain — which demonstrates the technology’s increasing maturity.
“The tone and terms of the debates around blockchain are shifting, according to this year’s study, incorporating more use cases and strategic visions of the future,” said Linda Pawczuk, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and U.S. blockchain leader. “As the blockchain story continues to mature and begins a new chapter, we believe the question for executives is no longer ‘Will the technology work?’; but, ‘How can we make this technology work for us?’”
Moving to application: enterprise companies and emerging disruptors unleash blockchain’s potential
In addition to surveying enterprise respondents, Deloitte targeted a sample of emerging disruptors — leaders at companies who built their business models around the technology. With more familiarity, emerging disruptors are leveraging blockchain to reinvent business models and reduce friction across organizations:
- Emerging disruptors overwhelmingly cite business models and value chains (42%) as the most significant advantage of blockchain, whereas enterprise respondents were equally split between security/lower risk and business models/value chains (23% for both).
- In fact, 71% of enterprise organizations believe that blockchain provides greater security than conventional information technology solutions, while only 48% of emerging disruptors feel the same.
- When asked, 4 in 5 emerging disruptors expect to see results from blockchain implementations within three years, as opposed to 3 in 5 enterprise responders.
- When asked about barriers to adoption, enterprise organizations had little consensus. In contrast, emerging disruptors overwhelmingly (71%) chose regulatory issues as the greatest barrier to blockchain adoption.
Talent, strategic and other concerns remain
While the perception of blockchain is shifting on a global scale and it continues to gain traction and acceptance across a growing number of industries, enterprise and emerging disruptor executives are approaching blockchain with caution and a measure of skepticism:
- The number of respondents who see blockchain as overhyped grew from 39% last year to 43%.
- Most respondents list blockchain as a top-five priority, yet just 23% expect to initiate new blockchain deployments in the next year, a decline from 34% in 2018.
- Talent remains a concern for organizations, as 28% — the same as in 2018 — cited lack of skills or “in-house capabilities” as a barrier to success.
China, other countries globally see increasing practical utility from blockchain
Just as emerging disruptors are changing the dynamics of the industries and sectors in which they compete, new blockchain initiatives in different countries and regions are affecting how blockchain is implemented around the world. The survey profiles the drivers and attitudes that affect blockchain development in China, Singapore and Israel, which can serve as guides for organizations that are looking to do business with global partners and show how innovation is informed by context. Key findings include:
- In China, 73% of survey respondents said blockchain is a top-five strategic priority, a figure substantially higher than most other countries.
- More than half of survey respondents in China and Singapore are currently hiring blockchain staff.
- Most respondents from China, Singapore and Israel say they need to see a return on blockchain investment within three years.
Blockchain consortia continue to demonstrate robust interest across sectors
The survey further explores attitudes toward blockchain consortia, as businesses in a variety of industries continue to join and explore the consortium model to develop blockchain applications, share expertise, and catalyze the broader blockchain ecosystem. The overwhelming majority of respondents (92%) either belong to a consortium or plan to join one in the next 12 months. Respondents cited alignment on objectives (41%), quality and stature of other members (37%), and opportunity for influence (36%) as primary criteria for joining a consortium. The majority expect cost savings (57%) and accelerated learning (55%), indicating that blockchain consortia still have an important role to play as blockchain technology matures and practical applications begin to make their impacts felt across businesses. While consortia present challenges for blockchain practitioners — including intellectual property concerns; funding uncertainty; and business, technology and regulatory risk factors — they will continue to figure in the blockchain landscape.
Executives have begun to ask challenging, granular, and increasingly pragmatic questions about blockchain technology that demonstrate an emerging awareness of its evolution. Blockchain technology works. Now, executives must figure out how to make it work for “their” businesses, how to make the most of disruptive innovation in the space, and how to align within the entire blockchain ecosystem as it begins a new chapter.
“It’s critical for organizations to ask the questions that will help discern blockchain’s real value from myth and hype. We’re still in early stages of discovery for blockchain, and there are blind spots to explore as well as benefits,” said Rob Massey, partner and global blockchain leader for Deloitte Tax LLP. “At Deloitte we’re committed to helping organizations of all sizes and sectors navigate the enormous market opportunities and risks that blockchain presents.”
The survey was conducted from early February to early March 2019 and polled a sample of nearly 1,400 senior executives in 12 countries. To access the full report, visit: 2019 Global Blockchain Survey.
Deloitte to present findings at Consensus 2019 event
A panel of Deloitte blockchain executives will present the survey’s findings at Consensus 2019, Monday, May 15, at 11:20 a.m. EDT. The panel, “Getting Down to Business in Blockchain,” will showcase Deloitte’s approach to blockchain, which it sees as a multidimensional set of risks and opportunities across innovation, business model disruption, tax, audit, regulatory, security and privacy concerns.
2023 Global Business and Law Conference held in Beijing
BEIJING, Sept. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The 2023 Global Business and Law Conference was held in Beijing on the evening of September 22. At the opening ceremony, former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and WTO Deputy Director-General Zhang Xiangchen delivered video messages. Wang Binying, WIPO Deputy Director-General; Shoichi Okuyama, President of the AIPPI; and Marcelo Vazquez-Bermudez, First Vice-President of the International Law Commission (ILC), delivered speeches at the venue.
Ren Hongbin, CCPIT President, presided over the opening ceremony and issued Beijing Declaration of the Global Business and Law Conference on behalf of participants. The Declaration features: safeguarding the multilateral trading system and advancing the global governance reform; strengthening the role of the rule of law and stimulating enterprise innovation; deepening international exchanges on rule of law and fostering global business cooperation; improving international economic and trade rules and optimizing business environment; gathering global forces to achieve common prosperity.
At the main forum, Tao Kaiyuan, Vice President of the Supreme People’s Court; Zhang Mingqi, Vice President and Secretary-General of China Law Society; Wu Pengyi, Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Law and Second Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; John Denton, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce (video), and Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, former Hong Kong Justice Secretary, delivered keynote speeches. Yu Jianlong, Vice President of CCPIT, presided over the forum. Huang Jin, President of the Chinese Society of International Law; Stephan Wernicke, Chief Legal Officer of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce; Sheng Leiming, Vice President of All China Lawyers Association; Zhang Jinwei, Vice President of Alibaba Group; and C.M. Chan, President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, entered into discussions around the theme to promote the construction of an open world economy.
Approximately 500 people attended offline, including representatives of international organizations such as the WTO, the WIPO, the ILC, and the AIPPI, representatives of government departments of Canada, Germany, Singapore, representatives of envoys in China, Chinese and foreign legal service organizations, business associations, and enterprises, and local and industry trade promotion associations. Representatives from over 30 countries, including Egypt, Thailand, India, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Britian, France, Belgium, Italy, and the U.S., attended online.
Three parallel forums themed “strengthening law-based protection for innovative development”, “leveraging rule of law to foster business cooperation” and “improving international rule of law and leading the change of the times” will be held on September 23.
Office of the Executive Committee of the WMC: Anhui Strengthens Scientific and Technological Innovation Capacity to Attract Multinational Enterprises
HEFEI, China, Sept. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Multinational corporations are an important force in building an open world economy. The matchmaking meeting of multinational companies at the 2023 World Manufacturing Convention (WMC) was held on the afternoon of September 20, in Hefei. This matchmaking meeting resulted in 33 cooperation projects with a total investment of 15.6 billion RMB.
Volkswagen, Continental, NIO, Corning, Saint-Gobain and other multinational companies continue to expand investment in Anhui; BEA, HSBC, Mizuho, Standard Chartered, Nanyang Commercial Bank and other international financial institutions have successively made deployments in Anhui. According to the data, more than 4,600 foreign-funded enterprises had taken root in Anhui by the end of 2022, and 89 overseas Forbes Top 500 companies had set up 180 enterprises in Anhui, with foreign-funded enterprises contributing 23% of Anhui’s imports and exports.
The technological innovation is the most beautiful business card in Anhui. The world’s first quantum satellite “Mozi”, the world’s first commercial “quantum microscope” and many other world records are made in Anhui. According to statistics, Anhui has 23.7 effective invention patents per 10,000 people. With 121 universities, 7074 scientific research institutions, and 324 vocational schools, Anhui is also rich in innovation resources. Large scientific installations are forming clusters, and the key national laboratories have made plans in Anhui. The construction of Hefei Comprehensive National Science Center speeds up, and the Hefei-Wuhu-Bengbu National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone develops rapidly. On average, there are about 11 national high-tech enterprises more every day.
Anhui is also an important manufacturing base in China, with all 41 industrial categories, of which 14 industries have a yield value of more than 100 billion RMB, and the yield of home appliances, laptops, and LCD screens is leading in the country. About 4 trillion-level industrial clusters consisting of a new generation of IT, automotive and parts, equipment manufacturing, new materials are being built, of which the “top” automotive industry has gathered 7 finished vehicle factories, more than 1100 parts and components enterprises are above the designated size, the exportation of finished vehicles with independent brands is the highest in China.
Anhui’s integration into the global supply chain system has been effective in recent years. In the first seven months of 2023, the actual use of foreign capital in Anhui’s manufacturing and high-tech industries increased by 33.7% and 68.3% respectively, accounting for 52% and 45.2%.
Meanwhile, Anhui has various open platforms, including China (Anhui) Pilot Free Trade Zone, 21 national development zones, 7 first-class open ports, 5 comprehensive bonded zones, 11 Anhui’s international cooperation industrial parks, 24 national bases of foreign trade transformation and upgrading as well as other international economic and trade cooperation platforms such as the “Investment Tour to Anhui“, the WMC, the Haike Commerce Roundtable, and the “Anhui Going Global” FDI attracting operation, which provide a strong support for Anhui’s opening up to the outside world.
Contact: Yuan Fan
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Savory and Partners: Surge in demand for second passports as displacement fears at a high
DUBAI, UAE, Sept. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — There has been a surge in demand from Moroccan, Syrian and Indian expats living in the GCC for obtaining second passports, according to new data released from Dubai-headquartered citizenship and residency by investment advisors Savory and Partners.
A sudden spike in interest from Moroccan nationals was seen soon after the devastating earthquake earlier this month, while there’s also been a 30% increase in applications from Syrians and Indians owing to unstable political and economic conditions, as per the advisory.
Over 220,000 Indians renounced their citizenship in 2022, while there is an equally growing desire for a plan B for tax purposes from US and UK citizens.
The Coronavirus Pandemic, followed by wars in Ukraine and now Sudan, has triggered a sense of urgency, and many high-net-worth individuals are finally taking the plunge to acquire second citizenship and passports.
Sudan is currently in its 6th month of a war, which started in April, and according to the United Nations, roughly 3 million people are displaced, and more than half a million are sheltering in neighbouring countries.
Thousands of successful business owners have found themselves trapped in the chaos, with large families yearning for safety and a way out.
“Life in Khartoum was going well, but it became clear that this would be a long war, and the situation worsened. We worked very hard to create this life in Sudan, and it was challenging to sell our properties and assets and decide to leave completely,” says M.L., a Sudanese businessman.
M.L., a holder of a St. Kitts and Nevis second passport, was evacuated with his family to Egypt amidst the tensions. From there, he found a way to swiftly move his family to Cyprus, a residency he has held for three years.
According to an expert at Savory and Partners, the Caribbean Citizenship by Investment programs are among the top three most popular programs selected by expats. “With uncertainty around the Portuguese golden visa and price increases with the Greece and Caribbean programs, the latter remains a favourable and stable option.”
“A powerful second passport is the ultimate insurance in times of a crisis, offering not just global mobility, but personal security, a second home and investment opportunities.
“People have understood that wealth planning is more than just managing your finances; it involves creating a comprehensive strategy to ensure long-term financial security, “she added.
Like many others who planned ahead, ML found a pathway to escape the horrors of war, and his current residency in Cyprus will open doors to Cypriot citizenship for himself and his family.
Savory & Partners is an accredited agent for multiple governments where citizenship by investment is offered. The company has coverage in over 20 jurisdictions, including Europe and was the first firm to obtain all five authorised agent licenses for the governments of the Caribbean Islands. It has processed second passports for over 4,000 citizens with a 100 per cent success rate.
With a presence in 3 continents and 7 countries and more than 60 experts worldwide, the company’s multinational staff comprises advisors who guide clients in English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Spanish and Hindi.
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