Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd Signs Cooperation Agreement with Nanjing Financial Affairs Office

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) and the Financial Affairs Office of Nanjing Municipal People’s Government (Nanjing FAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to strengthen cooperation, and in particular support Nanjing-based companies that are interested in seeking a listing in Hong Kong.”

Under the MOU, HKEX and the Nanjing FAO will jointly “host seminars on relevant topics for Nanjing-based organizations, as well as exchange ideas on the latest developments in the capital markets of Hong Kong and Nanjing.”

The MOU was “signed by HKEX’s Co-Head of Sales and Marketing Christina Bao, and Director-General of Nanjing FAO Zhu Changhui, at a ceremony in HKEX Connect Hall. HKEX Co-Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Y Chan, HKEX Head of Mainland Development Mao Zhirong, Mayor of Nanjing Chen Zhichang, and Deputy Mayor of Nanjing Deng Zhiyi witnessed the signing.”

Nanjing has in recent years “become a significant growth cener for new economy industries such as software and information services, smart grid, biomedicine, intelligent manufacturing equipment, and new energy vehicles.”

The city is currently “home to about 18,000 technology enterprises.”

HKEX is also pleased “to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company, the stock exchange operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to explore cooperation in a number of areas that will bring mutual benefit to both organisations’ financial markets.”

Under the MOU, HKEX and Saudi Tadawul Group will “explore cooperation opportunities in Fintech, ESG and cross listings, as well as a number of other areas of interest to both exchanges.”

HKEX Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Aguzin said:

“We are delighted to be signing an MOU with Saudi Tadawul Group, reflecting HKEX’s ongoing commitment to driving global connectivity and shaping a successful shared sustainable future. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the broader Middle Eastern region, are one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting economic and innovation hubs and also home to some of the fastest growing investor groups in the world. Hong Kong and HKEX’s markets offer significant opportunities for international investors and corporates, including unrivalled connectivity to the Mainland Chinese markets through our unique Connect programmes. This agreement signals the beginning of even greater collaboration between our companies and our home markets, and we look forward to exploring many future areas of cooperation.”

Khalid Al Hussan, CEO of Saudi Tadawul Group, said:

“As we seek to position the Saudi capital market as an investment hub between East and West, we are seeing increased interest from issuers and investors in Asia. This MOU brings us one step closer towards enabling cross listings and other areas of collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. With global capital markets evolving, it is moreover important for us to work together to exchange information and align on best practice to elevate our capital markets and enhance the experience for issuers and investors alike.”

HKEX is pleased to be “one of the partner organizations of the Task Force on Promoting and Branding Hong Kong, dedicated to sharing information and opportunities about Hong Kong. HKEX was pleased to join a senior Hong Kong delegation in its visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, led by Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee.”

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is “a publicly-traded company (HKEX Stock Code:388) and one of the world’s leading global exchange groups, offering a range of equity, derivative, commodity, fixed income and other financial markets, products and services, including the London Metal Exchange.”

As a superconnector and gateway between East and West, HKEX facilitates “the two-way flow of capital, ideas and dialogue between China and the rest of the world, through its pioneering Connect schemes, increasingly diversified product ecosystem and its deep, liquid and international markets.”

HKEX is “a purpose-led organization which, across its business and through the work of HKEX Foundation, seeks to connect, promote and progress its markets and the communities it supports for the prosperity of all.”

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