P2P to get boost from GBA, says DBS 

China’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry, which has shrunk dramatically under a government crackdown, should get a welcome boost from the development of the Greater Bay Area, according to DBS Bank.

By 2030, P2P lending will enjoy an annual growth rate of 17% in the region, making it the fourth-fastest growing sector, SCMP reported, citing the Singaporean bank’s estimate.

“We see that P2P lending across China could reach one trillion yuan by 2030, and the Greater Bay Area with its particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, would be more open to the P2P concept,” said Ken Shih, senior research director at DBS.

“A capital-intensive industry upgrade is inevitable, and P2P platforms can meet the financing needs of new business formats – small and micro companies in particular,” he added.

The bank ranks P2P lending fourth in a table of estimated growth rates for different sectors in the bay area by 2030. Smart appliances top the list with a forecast 30 per cent growth rate, while P2P is just behind online advertising in third place.

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