The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE), on Wednesday, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the area of cross-listing and trading of green bonds in both countries.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony during the annual meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges in Singapore by Oscar Onyema, chief executive of the NSE, and Robert Scharfe, his counterpart at the LuxSE.
The MoU further establishes an agreement for the two exchanges to collaborate with a view to sharing best practices and organising joint initiatives in their respective markets.
A joint statement by both parties, quoted Onyema as saying the “collaboration reinforces NSE’s drive to foster the growth of sustainable finance in Nigeria, a journey that commenced with the launch of the first Sovereign Green Bond by NSE, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office.
“With the MoU, issuers will enjoy the benefit of increased visibility through the cross-listing of their securities in Nigeria and Luxembourg. The partnership will further facilitate the growth of the Green Finance industry in Nigeria and ultimately deepen the Nigerian capital market through the mobilisation of the foreign green capital needed to fund sustainable projects in Nigeria,” he stressed.
For Scharfe, “sustainable finance is becoming a truly global movement. By joining forces with other exchanges to promote and facilitate green finance, we strive to accelerate the sustainable finance agenda and increase awareness of, and interest in investment projects that support the sustainable development that our world needs. We are pleased to cooperate with the Nigerian Stock Exchange to further strengthen sustainable finance in and between our markets.”
The Nigerian Green bond market received international recognition following the issuance and listing on the NSE of the ₦10.69bn Federal Government sovereign green bond in December 2017. This issuance sparked significant interest from the international and local capital market communities as it opened new investment opportunities, especially for domestic investors, to increase their exposure to financial instruments that generate social and environmental impact.
The Luxembourg Stock Exchange operates the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), a platform exclusively dedicated to sustainable finance instruments. LGX now holds a 50% global market share of listed green, social and sustainability bonds. LuxSE works closely with selected stock exchanges around the world to support the growth of sustainable finance.