On the occasion that Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Kazakhstan, a new achievement in the campaign sponsored by the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) for serving the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R Initiative) is seen in Kazakhstan. Recently, the SSE and Astana International Financial Center Authority of Kazakhstan (the AIFC Authority for short) have signed an agreement to co-invest in building the Astana International Exchange. According to the agreement, the SSE, as a strategic partner of the AIFC Authority, will hold 25.1% shares in the Astana International Exchange, and will provide all-round support for the exchange’s establishment in the aspects of technological consultation, business planning, product design and marketing. It is a new major measure of the SSE to implement the fruits achieved at the B&R Forum for International Cooperation and strengthen the financial cooperation for the B&R Initiative after it signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Moscow Exchange on May 22.
The Astana International Exchange, an important part in the construction of the Astana International Financial Center of Kazakhstan, has drawn high attention from government officials of Kazakhstan including President of Kazakhstan. According to the plan, the Astana International Exchange will be built into a major platform for securitization of Kazakhstan’s state-owned assets and grow into a RMB trading center in Central Asia and a crucial financial platform on the Silk Road Economic Belt, thus providing financing service for implementation of the projects of the B&R Initiative. The exchange will base itself inn Kazakhstan, serve Central Asia and radiate to Russia and Mid-East, aiming to turn itself into an international exchange offering integrated services of listing, trading and clearing, with a wide range of products such as stocks, bonds, derivatives, funds and commodities.
As the place of origin and a key cooperative country for the B&R Initiative, Kazakhstan is the first station in the Silk Road Economic Belt, as well as the first station in the new Eurasian continental bridge economic corridor and China-Central Asia-West Asia economic corridor among the 6 major economic corridors advocated in the B&R Initiative. Guided by the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the SSE attaches great importance to cooperation with Kazakhstan in such aspects as capital markets and especially in providing a financing service platform for the B&R Initiative, and confirms the guideline of stressing on both strategic significance and sustainable commercial development. All these efforts spell the reasons for Kazakhstan to choose the SSE as its strategic partner in the co-building of the Astana International Exchange in the competition among an array of global exchanges
Considering the construction of the Astana International Financial Center and its development plan, the SSE will give full play to the features of the Chinese capital market and its advantages as well as to its role as a financing platform on the capital market through the cooperation with Kazakhstan in co-building the Astana International Exchange, in a bid to provide feasible financing service for the settlement of the B&R Initiative in Kazakhstan and even Central Asia, and render this cooperation of capital markets into a model one between countries along the B&R and China.
While participating in the investment in the Astana International Exchange is a pivotal point in the overall layout of the SSE’s service for the B&R Initiative, the SSE will continue to strengthen learning and implement on an overall basis the requirements in the key speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the summit forum on international cooperation for the B&R Initiative, as well as seize the opportunities in the B&R Initiative, study and implement the overall layout of the SSE’s services for the B&R Initiative, with an aim to become a pioneering force for going global of the Chinese capital market, and play an special role in the facility connectivity for the B&R Initiative.
Source: Shanghai Stock Exchange