Singapore Exchange and National Stock Exchange of India progress on NSE IFSC-SGX Connect
Singapore Exchange (SGX) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) have announced that they have entered into a formal agreement to cement the key terms for operationalising the NSE IFSC-SGX Connect which will bring together international and Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) participants to create a bigger liquidity pool for Nifty products in GIFT City.
Both NSE and SGX will also withdraw the arbitration proceedings, SGX said in a press release.
The two exchanges have recently received further regulatory clarifications from the relevant authorities on the implementation of the Connect, since receiving consent from their respective statutory regulators on the proposed Connect model last year. Both parties will continue to work with key stakeholders to develop the infrastructure for the Connect and ensure member readiness prior to its implementation.
Loh Boon Chye, Chief Executive Officer, SGX, said: “Building connectivity across international platforms in Singapore and India will facilitate unfettered access for global market participants, and in turn enhance investments and capital market flows between India and the world. As Asia’s pioneering central counterparty, SGX will work with NSE and stakeholders to develop a connectivity infrastructure that incorporates international best practices and creates new value for existing and new customers. We deeply appreciate the continued support provided by the government and regulatory authorities in India and Singapore. We look forward to broadening participation and deepening liquidity in Nifty products for international participants, as part of the growth of GIFT City.”
Vikram Limaye, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, NSE, said: “This Connect is one of the key developments for the integration of GIFT City ecosystem with the international financial markets. It would lead to development of vibrant and liquid markets for India access products at GIFT City with the ease of access to international investors. Our collaboration with SGX is an important step towards fulfilling the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat as envisaged by our Honourable Prime Minister of India with GIFT IFSC playing a much larger role in the global financial markets. The connect will broaden the international and domestic participant base and further strengthen the capital market ecosystem in GIFT city resulting in more broad based development across asset classes and capital raising activity. I wish to thank the Government of India, SEBI, IFSC Regulatory Authority, GIFT City administrative authorities and the government and regulatory authorities in Singapore for their guidance and support.”