Guidelines on conflict of interest in comexes by Oct-end

Guidelines on conflict of interest in comexes by Oct-end

New Delhi: Anil Ambani-led Reliance and Kotak groups may soon get the regulatory clearance for their proposed commodity exchanges with Forward Markets Commission (FMC) looking to finalise new guidelines for preventing conflict of interest in ownership of bourses by October end.

The regulator has been working on preventing any possible conflict of interest in the event of a promoter of a commodity exchange may have between their roles of running the exchange and other businesses such as broking and trading.

“So far we had two rounds of meeting in this regard. We are resolving the issues and guidelines would be finalised by the end of October," FMC Chairman B C Khatua said.

“The proposed guidelines would be soon discussed with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs officials before finalising them," he added.

Khatua had earlier said that the regulator was well aware of the danger of conflict of interest and clearances would not be given to Reliance and Kotak groups till there was clarity on the issue.

“I do not want this market to be a gambling place," he had said.

“We must clearly understand the legitimate role of speculation in futures market theansferee, without whom market cannot function. But, risk transferrers can not transfer risk to thee house owning an exchange except that there should not be conflict of interest between its role as the owner and its other roles, if any," he added.

“It would be deemed as conflict of interest if an owner also has a broking house and it holds direct position in the market and owns the exchange, he explained. Reliance and Kotak are the only two applications that FMC is currently holding for approval," Khatua said.