On July 8, 2021, the 1st meeting of the United Kingdom (UK)-India Financial Markets Dialogue (FMD) was held virtually to deepen bilateral ties in the financial sector. It was led by senior officials from the Indian Ministry of Finance and Her Majesty’s Treasury from the UK.
- FMD was held on the lines of the 10th Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD) which was held virtually in October 2020 where UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak and India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman agreed for the creation of FMD.
- During the FMD, the City of London Corporation’s Capital Markets Working Group (WG) presented their work on the Indian corporate bond market, while the India-UK Financial Partnership (IUKFP) presented their recommendations on the UK-India financial services relationship.
Theme of the Dialogue:
i.GIFT (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) City, India’s flagship international financial centre,
ii.Banking and payments
Key Points from Joint Statement:
i.Both sides agreed to strengthened financial services cooperation between India and the UK.
ii.As discussions were held on the UK-India GIFT (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) City Strategic Partnership, both sides agreed for further collaboration under this which will also include sustainable finance and FinTech.
iii.The nations also agreed to collaborate with the IUKFP’s FinTech work stream at the next UK-India FinTech Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting.
iv.The two sides will also launch policy papers on GIFT City, FinTech and cross-border trade and investment at the next EFD.
i.Bilateral trade between the UK and India stood at over £18 billion in 2020.
ii.India is the UK’s second largest source of investment in terms of number of projects.
iii.In May 2021, the UK’s Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi aimed to double the UK-India trade value over the next decade and also to negotiate on a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA).
iv.Notably, financial cooperation is one of the key pillars of the 2030 Roadmap adopted by India-UK.
Independent regulatory agencies participation in India-UK FMD:
Reserve Bank of India(RBI), the Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI), International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA), Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), the Bank of England, and the Financial Conduct Authority.
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