Pakistan Mercantile Exchange, Karachi Stock and Institute of Capital Markets jointly conduct seminar on AGRI Commodities physical deliverable trading

Karachi, November 06, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX), Karachi Stock and Institute of Capital Markets jointly conducted a seminar on the commencement of AGRI Commodities physical deliverable trading at the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) on 5th of November 2012.

Mr. Nadeem Naqvi, Managing Director KSE, Mr. Javed Hassan, CEO ICM, Mr. Maroof Moulvi, of M.M Group of Companies, Mr. Majeed Adam, Director PMEX and other agriculture related personnel were present on the occasion.

Mr. Naqvi opened the seminar by welcoming the guests and explained in detail the importance of commodities in developed economies. He welcomed the steps taken by PMEX on introducing AGRI commodities in their portfolio and encouraged the local players to use these hedging products being offered by the capital markets of Pakistan.

While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Javed Hasan, the CEO of ICM said that PMEX is the only Organization in Pakistan which provides a centralized and regulated system for future trading and is regulated by Securities and Exchange Commission, Government of Pakistan. He welcomed the launch of new contracts at PMEX and maintained that PMEX has a long way to go in the Development of Commodities trading in Pakistan.

Mr. Maroof Moulvi of M. M. Group mentioned that his company has been extensively engaged in the process of Market Development and believed that their role as a Market Maker and liquidity provider will be remembered for long period of time.

Mr. Faisal Malik, Business head of agricultural products explained investment opportunities and benefits of agricultural commodities futures trading at the PMEX to brokers and general investors. He stated that the futures contract at PMEX is an agreement between two parties to buy or sell a commodity at a certain time in the future against an agreed price.

He further said that the futures contracts can be useful when marketing grains because they can be a temporary substitute for an intended transaction in the cash market that will occur at a later date. In the absence of a proper risk-management tool, banks are reluctant to fund farmers. If they do, the interest rates are very high. The trading of Rice (IRRI-6) and wheat has already started on PMEX.

He also stated that PMEX is in the process of launching a collateral management company for storage, certification, and issuing warehouse receipts.

Mr. Sani-e-Mehmood Khan, General Manager KSE added that the availability of futures markets and hedging facilities reduces the risk perception, and with banks willing to provide easy loan to farmers makes the Exchange based futures commodities trading, an easy bit.

For more information, contact:
S. Munawar Ali
Senior Manager
Public Relations
Karachi Stock Exchange
Tel: (92-21) 111-001122
Fax: (92-21) 3241 0825, (92-21) 3241 5136

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