Saint Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange and Moscow Exchange sign MoU

On 5 October 2017, SPIMEX and Moscow Exchange signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, signed by SPIMEX President Alexey Rybnikov and MOEX CEO Alexander Afanasiev at the Russian Energy Week 2017, the two exchanges will work together to promote a regulated market for commodities and commodity-based derivatives.
Under the MoU the Parties will jointly conduct marketing activities to attract new trading members. The agreement will also help design new commodities assets and derivatives on the Russian on-exchange market.
The MoU in particular sets out a roadmap for the development of organised trading across the Eurasian Economic Union, which in addition to Russia comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 
Alexander Afanasiev said:
"Moscow Exchange has unique experience in operating trading and clearing processes. The Group offers qualified central counterparty services with highly sophisticated risk management across asset classes. Our joint efforts to develop on-exchange trading, combined with active involvement of new Russian and international trading participants, will further increase transparency and liquidity in the commodities markets."
Alexey Rybnikov said:
"This agreement is primarily intended to boost market participants’ interest in price risk management tools. SPIMEX has successfully developed such instruments for the crude oil and refined products markets, as well as other commodity market segments. Our strategic project aims to establish a new pricing mechanism for exported Russian crude oil through physically-settled SPIMEX Urals Crude Futures Contracts (FOB Primorsk). We believe that closer business relations between SPIMEX and MOEX will help achieve the main goal of creating a clear and fair pricing mechanism."
For reference
St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX) is the largest Russian commodity exchange, and offers a wide range of products traded both in its Commodities Sections (refined products, crude oil, natural gas, LPG, timber and construction materials) and in its Derivatives Section. The Exchange’s key task is operating a transparent price formation mechanism to ensure fair prices for commodities produced in Russia. SPIMEX was incorporated in 2008.
Moscow Exchange Group manages Russia's main exchange platform for equities, bonds, derivatives, currencies, money market instruments and commodities. The Group includes Russia's central securities depository (National Settlement Depository) and a clearing centre (Bank National Clearing Centre) that performs the functions of central counterparty on all markets, allowing Moscow Exchange to offer its customers the full spectrum of trading and post-trade services.
Moscow Exchange ranks among the world's top 25 exchanges by total volume of equities traded, and among the ten largest exchange platforms for bond trading and for derivative trading. As of 1 August 2017 securities of 662 issuers including the Russia’s largest cap companies, were admitted to trading on Moscow Exchange’s Equities & Bonds Market.

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