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GIFT IFSC – India’s Offshore Jurisdiction and First International Financial Services Centre (IFSC)
The latest Global Financial Centers Index, London in September 2020 mentions the IFSC at GIFT City among 15 centers which globally, are likely to gain greater significance over the next 24 months.
GIFT IFSC offers ease of transacting for various financial products, easier regulations, tax exemption to investors for transactions on exchanges at Gift IFSC, lower tax rates for entities based at GIFT IFSC. A 22 hour market , with all transactions denominated and settled in USD , on a single platform, it offers trading in derivatives for equities, currencies, commodities and other securities like international bonds , depository receipts and units of Alternative Investment Funds (AIF)/ REIT. Foreign securities, cash segment are expected offerings in the near future.
GIFT IFSC also is gaining traction as a jurisdiction for setting a Fund structure (AIF) , aircraft leasing business, Global In-House centres, as a fintech hub and it also offers a framework for regulatory sandbox.