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Commodity futures meet to focus on global issues

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MUMBAI, Oct. 24

TO realise the goal of tapping India's vast untapped growth potential in agriculture with the help of futures market, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has organised an international conference on `Commodity futures and derivatives trading' scheduled during October 30-31 in Mumbai.

The conference will look at India's opportunities in the emerging global context. Futures market provides important opportunities for efficient management of price risks through hedging as also assist in price discovery. Agricultural futures could contribute to the orderly establishment of a more open and liberalised agriculture sector.

The conference will examine in-depth an array of topics including the matrix of reform covering taxation and regulatory aspects; structured finance and warehousing; design of the futures exchanges and clearing houses; commodity-specific experiences and case studies; and a roadmap for commodity futures in India.

A number of eminent speakers from India and abroad will deliberate issues of importance for orderly development of agricultural futures markets as a generic risk management tool aimed at improving the performance of the agricultural markets.

Legal issues, institutional structures and regulatory policies that impede the growth of commodity futures in the country will come in for special examination.

The conference has been organised jointly with the Ministry of Food and Consumer Affairs, Government of India, and in association with UNCTAD.

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