LONDON: Visiting Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opened trading on the London Stock Exchange on Monday in the presence of British Member of Parliament and UK Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Y.K. Sinha and Pankaj Patel, President, FICCI.
Following the market open ceremony, Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange plc hosted a roundtable event with Minister Jaitley, delegates from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Fintech companies and leading investors to discuss London’s significant role as a partner to India, supporting the country to develop its FinTech ecosystem and deliver key Indian priorities like infrastructure development, sustainable energy investment and the growth of smart cities.
Rathi said, “Minister Jaitley’s second visit to the UK in a year underlines the success of the business and financial partnership between the UK and India and builds on recent landmark visits by Prime Minister Theresa May to India and Prime Minister Modi to the UK. We’re honoured once again to welcome Minister Jaitley to open trading on our historic markets. 2016 was a tremendous year for Masala bonds in London, with the Indian corporate Masala bond market launching in London with HDFC’s landmark bond issuance in July 2016, cementing London Stock Exchange’s clear position as the leading global venue for offshore Rupee denominated fundraising.”
He further stated,“India’s growth trajectory is truly remarkable, with the highest growth rate among the G20 economies and the Minister’s Union Budget announced earlier this month will only spur this on. With the depth, liquidity, multicurrency and profile of London’s markets, together with the UK remaining the largest G20 investor in India, London Stock Exchange is ideally suited to partner with India in this extraordinary growth story to deliver key Indian priorities like infrastructure development,…