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GIFT City set to become a hub for International Bullion trading

• The Steering committee of WGC discussed about developing the International Bullion exchange and its ecosystem at GIFT IFSC
• As per IBJA, the International Bullion Exchange at GIFT IFSC has potential to become world’s largest bullion exchange.

Post the announcement in the Union Budget 2020-21 for setting up of International Bullion Exchange in GIFT IFSC, the steering committee of World Gold Council held their meeting at Gujarat International Fin-Tec City (GIFT City). Among other things, one of the key points in the agenda was to discuss about developing a comprehensive plan for International Bullion Exchange. In addition, the committee discussed various aspects of instituting an ecosystem for an organized and transparent trading of bullion in GIFT IFSC.

As announced by the Hon’ble Finance Minister, International Bullion Exchange at GIFT IFSC would ensure better price discovery of gold, strengthen India’s position in the global bullion market and create more employment opportunities in this field.

In a span for four years, GIFT IFSC has developed a competitive environment for international financial services such as banking, insurance, capital markets and fin-tech. With the addition of bullion exchange, the ecosystem will be complete and will add depth to the bullion commodity market.

Speaking on the occasion, Surendra Mehta, National Secretary – IBJA, International Bullion exchange in GIFT City opens door for International players as well as domestic player through it's subsidiaries to participate in the exchange. This exchange has capacity to become world's largest bullion exchange as there are already attractive tax incentives for participants. Not only Indian but also world's bullion industry is excited to formally start trading on this exchange. It's a brilliant step taken by Govt with all infrastructure like Bullion Refinery, testing laboratory and Exchange all at GIFT city to bring transparency to entire gold eco-system. Many other financial products like Gold saving account can also be started by bankers and NBFC in GIFT city with IFSC Authority as the regulator.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tapan Ray, MD and Group CEO, GIFT City, said, “International Bullion Exchange is an important element of a vibrant financial hub. For an emerging financial hub like GIFT IFSC, the time is apt to establish the bullion exchange as this will provide impetus to investments and international transactions. We are happy that the implementation on this front has begun jointly by all stakeholders in the value chain. The strategy laid out by them will be an important in realizing the establishment of a world class bullion trading mechanism for GIFT IFSC.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Somasundaram PR, Managing Director, World Gold Council, said, The industry steering committee, representing the entire supply chain, including global banks and exchanges, met and debated the opportunity of an organized bullion trading eco-system in GIFT city and concluded this could be a game changer. It was agreed to present a joint industry paper on key steps in the next few weeks for successful implementation

The meeting was attended by industry leaders covering World Gold Council, Exchanges, Bullion Associations, Jewelers association, banks, international vaulting service providers and GIFT City officials.

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