luxembourg information: Luxembourg to deal with sustainable finance with India: Jean Asselborn, International Minister


Luxembourg monetary ecosystem, with 125 banks, greater than 5000 administration firms and greater than 3500 funds in its jurisdiction, is the 2nd largest centre on the earth for funding funds after the US. Publish Brexit, Luxembourg has additionally emerged as an vital hub for monetary firms, which have been beforehand working within the UK. Throughout a go to to India for Raisina Dialogue, Luxembourg International Minister Jean Asselborn, spoke to ET’s Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury on great alternatives that his nation provides to India to broaden partnership in monetary sector.


Luxembourg has been a powerful financial companion of India within the European Union. Within the 2020 digital summit three MoUs have been signed — India Worldwide Alternate and Luxembourg Inventory Alternate; State Financial institution of India and Luxembourg Inventory Alternate; Make investments India and Luxinnovation. Are you able to elaborate on the progress within the financial partnership primarily based on these three MoUs?
Certainly, the financial cooperation between Luxembourg and India has grown through the years. As you rightly talked about, three MoUs have been signed within the margins of the digital bilateral summit between Prime Minister Bettel and Prime Minister Modi in November 2020 and important developments have taken place since.

To call however a number of, I’d e.g. like to spotlight the twin itemizing of USD 650 million inexperienced bonds from the State Financial institution of India (SBI) at Luxembourg Inventory Alternate (LuxSE) and India Worldwide Alternate (India INX) in Gandhinagar final November. This was a milestone because it was the primary twin itemizing from an Indian firm at LuxSE and India INX.

With the intention to pave the bottom for a future cooperation within the monetary sector, one other key growth which came about final 12 months was the signing of an MoU between our monetary regulators i.e. the Fee de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) with Securities and Alternate Board of India (SEBI). Right here I could recall right here that the Luxembourg monetary ecosystem, with 125 banks, greater than 5000 administration firms and greater than 3500 funds in its jurisdiction, is the 2nd largest centre on the earth for funding funds after the US. Publish Brexit, Luxembourg has additionally emerged as an vital hub for monetary firms, which have been beforehand working within the UK. Particular to the world of funds, Luxembourg’s sturdy fee ecosystem has attracted firms similar to Amazon and PayPal, which serve world markets from Luxembourg.

And on the funding facet, the Luxembourg primarily based world chief in vaccine chilly chain for over 4 a long time, B Medical Techniques, has began producing refined medical chilly chain equipments in India from their manufacturing facility in Mundra, Gujarat after its launch in January this 12 months. The corporate is thereby contributing to ‘Make in India’. This cooperation was attainable as a result of full help supplied by each governments, the related authorities, in addition to funding businesses similar to Make investments India. As of right this moment, B Medical Techniques has registered greater than 100 patents in Luxembourg alone and its merchandise are thought-about as indispensable within the combat in opposition to the Covid-19 pandemic.

What are Luxembourg’s plans to reinforce monetary sector cooperation with India?
A few of Luxembourg’s total priorities additionally apply to the monetary sector. My nation has been actively pioneering initiatives concentrating on social duty, environmental safety, and measures to curb local weather change for years. And therefore it didn’t come as a shock that Luxembourg was certainly the primary European nation, in addition to the primary AAA-rated nation worldwide, to have launched its sustainability bond framework, in September 2020. And briefly afterwards this was adopted by the launch of a sustainability bond.

I may recall that the Luxembourg Inventory Alternate (LuxSE), was the 2nd Inventory Alternate on the earth to record Masala Bonds, bonds in Indian rupees, in 1998. Presently, greater than 50 Indian firms have their World Depository Receipts (GDR) listed on the LuxSE.

In the present day, 5 years after the launch of the Luxembourg Inexperienced Alternate, LGX has grow to be the world’s main platform for sustainable finance with over 1,200 sustainable bonds on show, totaling greater than USD 725 billion. And with an elevated curiosity of Indian firms in sustainable finance and funding amidst the push from Indian Authorities, Luxembourg certainly presents a gateway for Indian traders for the itemizing of sustainable securities and bonds. Luxembourg stands able to additional discover how our options will help India make its mark within the discipline of sustainable finance.

India and Luxembourg have a longstanding cooperation within the Metal sector. What are plans to broaden this cooperation?
Between the mid-Nineteenth Century and the late twentieth Century, Luxembourg’s destiny was intrinsically linked to the metal trade. It introduced fortune to the nation and its inhabitants, and left a big mark on Luxembourg’s financial system and its society.

As you rightly identified, the cooperation between Luxembourg and India within the metal sector is likely one of the oldest ones. Prior to now, the Luxembourg-based metal firm, Paul Wurth has labored with numerous metal producing firms in India and has been equipping their blast furnaces. And it continues to take action right this moment.

Let me additionally spotlight that the Luxembourg headquartered ArcelorMittal, one of many largest metal producing firms worldwide, is contributing actively to ‘Make in India’ by way of the presence of ArcelorMittal Nippon Metal (AM/NS) throughout completely different states in India. ArcelorMittal has dedicated an funding of greater than EUR 20 billion within the state of Gujarat and one other EUR 12 billion within the state of Odisha amongst different investments throughout completely different initiatives in India. By the important thing initiatives it’s implementing in India, it continues to contribute to India’s growth.

Going ahead, I imagine that the cooperation within the metal sector will proceed to develop and can additional strengthen the relations between the 2 international locations.

What are plans for enlargement of partnership within the house sector?
There are immense alternatives for cooperation within the house sector between Luxembourg and India. I’m comfortable to notice that Luxembourg and India have entered into an area cooperation earlier this 12 months, which can enable for additional engagement between the house businesses of the 2 international locations i.e. Luxembourg Area Company (LSA) and the Indian Area Analysis Organisation (ISRO).

I used to be additionally comfortable to study in regards to the current cooperation between Luxembourg primarily based world chief in operational satellites, SES, which entered right into a joint-venture with India’s Reliance Jio to supply excessive efficiency satellite tv for pc primarily based broadband providers in India.

And at this level I may recall the launch of 4 nanosatellites of the Luxembourg primarily based firm, Kleos Area, from ISRO’s PSLV C-49 mission in November 2020. This cooperation underlines the present sturdy relations on this sector.

In the present day, Luxembourg’s house sector contribution to the GDP is amongst the best in Europe, and the Authorities has taken concrete steps to help and encourage industrial house ventures, together with by way of the creation of a Masters in Area Programme on the College of Luxembourg. This interdisciplinary programme, which has been developed collectively with the Luxembourg Area Company, prepares college students for a profitable profession within the dynamic, rising industrial house sector. We hope that this programme will proceed to draw curiosity from the Indian college students, who want to pursue their increased research in Luxembourg.

And at last, I want to spotlight the alternatives for the Indian startups in Luxembourg which homes the European Area Sources Innovation Centre (ESRIC). As well as, accelerator programmes in Luxembourg, similar to ‘Fit4Start’, have up to now attracted curiosity from Indian startups not solely within the house sector but in addition extra extensively from different sectors like as ICT, FinTech and HealthTech.

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