Finance Minister promises to set up International bullion exchange at IFSC, Gujarat

During the Budget 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to set up an international bullion exchange at IFSC in GIFT City, which will lead to better price discovery of gold, create more jobs and enhance India’s position in such market.

“With the approval of the regulator, GIFT City would set up an International Bullion Exchange(s) in GIFT-IFSC as an additional option for trade by global market participants,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said while presenting the Budget for 2020-21.

This will enable India to enhance its position worldwide, create jobs and lead to better price discovery of gold, she added. The country’s only International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) is in GIFT City near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

“This is a positive step towards making gold a mainstream asset class, said Siimasundaram PR, MD of World Gold Council’s India operations.

IFSC has the potential to become a centre of international finance and high end data processing, the minister added. It has 19 insurance entities and 40 banking entities. IFSC has also provided for setting up of precious metals testing laboratories and refining facilities. 

This announcement is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision that GIFT City would become a price setter in some of the world’s largest traded instruments in the next 10 years.

“We welcome the announcement in today’s Union Budget on setting up of an International Bullion Exchange at GIFT IFSC,” said Tapan Ray, MD and Group CEO at GIFT City. “The Finance Minister has re-emphasised the importance of GIFT IFSC as an emerging global financial services hub. The policy pronouncement regarding GIFT IFSC gives a tremendous boost to investor confidence both in India and abroad,” he added.

The finance minister said in recent years there has been a surge in trading volumes of Indian rupee in the offshore financial centres. The government and the Reserve Bank have taken various measures to permit Rupee derivatives to be traded at IFSC.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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