Overview of IFSC

  • An IFSC caters to customers outside the jurisdiction of the domestic economy. Such centres deal with flows of finance, financial products and services across borders. London, New York and Singapore can be counted as global financial centres. Many emerging IFSCs around the world, such as Shanghai and Dubai, are aspiring to play a global role in the years to come.

  • An expert panel headed by former World Bank economist Percy Mistry submitted a report on making Mumbai an international financial centre in 2007. However, the global financial crisis that unfolded in 2008 made countries including India cautious about rapidly opening up their financial sectors.

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had announced in the Union Budget 2015 that India’s first IFSC’s would be set up in GIFT City in Gujarat.

  • Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) would be the country’s first IFSC, with which top bourses BSE and NSE have already signed MOUs for setting up International exchanges there.