NSE IFSC–SGX Connect Receives Regulatory Dispensations

NSE LOGONSE IFSC and Singapore Exchange (SGX) have received a set of approvals from their statutory regulators to launch products jointly, the proposal for which was submitted earlier this year.

“The proposed NSE International Financial Service Centre (IFSC)-SGX Connect aims to bring together the trading of Nifty products in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) and create a larger pool of liquidity comprising international and home market participants,” National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Connect model, which is subject to further approvals from relevant local authorities, will enable SGX and NSE IFSCmembers to access Nifty products in GIFT while managing their exposures through their respective clearing corporations.

SGX and NSE will work with all key stakeholders to make the NSE IFSC-SGX Connect operational before the end of 2020, subject to members’ readiness and receiving all relevant approvals. Both exchanges are also working to discontinue related arbitration proceedings, a release said.

Vikram Limaye, managing director and chief executive officer of NSE, said, “This is a great opportunity to build vibrant markets in GIFT City. We are working on varied product offerings to make GIFT City the hub of activity for all India access products across asset classes for international investors and a gateway for home investors to access international markets.”

Loh Boon Chye, chief executive officer of SGX, said, “As Asia’s most international and connected multi-asset exchange, we are committed to providing our global institutional clients with open, single-point access to Asia. Our comprehensive portfolio investment and risk management solutions across equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities, cover close to 100% of Asia’s GDP. India is an important market for international investors and we are committed to collaborating with NSE and other stakeholders to build connectivity and access to one of the fastest growing economies in the world.”