Time to be among top 'powerhouse' markets globally: NSE chief

Dec 15 2013, 17:47 IST
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NSE's chief said that time has come to unleash changes by govt, regulators & exchanges to realise the potential. NSE's chief said that time has come to unleash changes by govt, regulators & exchanges to realise the potential.
SummaryNSE chief said that time has come to unleash changes by govt, regulators & exchanges to realise the potential.

possible because of right policy actions taken by regulators, government and th exchanges.

"But challenges before us are different today. We have definitely managed to come among the top few markets of the world.

"But, to stay ahead and to be one of the really large powerhouses of the world, that requires a new set of actions that we should be initiating and that means we must be ready to rethink our different pillars and we must be ready to unleash a new set of changes," Ramkrishna said.

"That is how we can be relevant, competitive and go ahead of others. We just can not do that with just the existing pillars. We have to completely re-architect ourselves and then I am sure we will be able to achieve those kind of lofty goals because there is nothing that is not achievable."

She said that it is very easy to understand why markets like Singapore or Hong Kong are more attractive than India and these gaps can be addressed as well.

"In fact not only address those gaps, we can as well go ahead of those markets. These should be the work to be done in coming years," she added.

About domestic equity culture, Ramkrishna said that there are hardly about 1.5 crore domestic investors in the country and it was not the case that these many people are trading in the markets every day.

"There are people who might have invested at any point of their life. I am not even saying that all of them should come directly to the market, but savings form a very small proportion of the equity capital in this country.

"Unless we are able to create an environment where more savings come into the market, we can not create capital for growth. We need to think what do we need to do get retirement money to the market.

"That could be the big game changer for our markets. We have to continuously benchmark ourselves with the international markets. Money will flow to anywhere that it finds attractive and therefore we need to remain attractive to attract the funds.

"That is something many other countries are trying to do and we need to do the same -- that is tightening our belts and be attractive and competitive for sovereign wealth funds, large long-term funds from abroad," she said.

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