BY BANKERS REPORTER
The Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) and Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) have signed a long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions to improve cooperation.
The event was held during a special Ring the Bell ceremony held in Luxembourg, in the presence of Rwanda’s Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, His Excellency Ambassador Sebashongore.
The MoU aims to establish a long-term cooperation between the two exchanges and contribute to building bridges between the financial services industries in Luxembourg and Rwanda, with a specific focus on the development of sustainable finance in the African country.
Along with the aim of contributing to orderly financial markets through capacity building and skills development within Rwanda’s Kigali International Financial Centre, the MoU will also facilitate joint work on market developments and new products, including a possible future dual-listing scheme between the two institutions.
“It is an honour to sign this MoU with RSE and to welcome its representatives to LuxSE. Stock exchanges have a crucial role to play in facilitating global cooperation when it comes to developing sustainable finance and international capital markets more generally.
“We look forward to working with Rwanda Stock Exchange and continue our mission to make sustainable finance truly global,” Arnaud Delestienne, Director of International Capital Markets and Member of the Executive Committee of LuxSE said.
Having first opened its doors for trading in January 2011, RSE is an exchange in the East African region which has big ambitions for the development of Rwanda’s capital markets and its future financial outlook.
The chief executive of RSE Pierre Celestin Rwabukumba said: “Today’s official signing with LuxSE is a testimony to our exchange’s unwavering commitment and support to the sustainable development agenda fronted by our governments.
“The choice of LuxSE is no accident as it was the first exchange to introduce a platform for green financial instruments and this makes it the ideal venue for anyone in emerging or frontier markets who wants to cooperate and make fast progress in sustainable finance. We look forward to building a more resilient market, especially during this time where everyone is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.”
Increased cooperation LuxSE’s clear focus on sustainability through its UN-awarded sustainable finance platform the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX), has led the exchange to cooperate with exchanges and other financial institutions in emerging markets to foster sustainable finance across the world.
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Rwanda has launched several initiatives focused on increasing climate change awareness within and beyond its borders. It was the first African nation to ban the single-use of plastic in 2019 and set up Africa’s largest green fund, the National Fund for Environment – FONERWA in 2012, in order to finance its ambitious plans of being carbon neutral and climate resilient by 2050.
The MoU between the two exchanges reflects the increased cooperation between Luxembourg and Rwanda. In October 2021, Luxembourg’s Minister of the Economy and Development, Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs Franz Fayot and Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, signed an MoU on the development of a financial centre in Kigali, with a specific focus on capacity building, sustainable finance as well as the establishment of a fintech ecosystem and an impact investment market.