Kenya's Nairobi Securities Exchange has signed up six lenders as clearing banks for its yet-to-be launched derivatives market, it said on Wednesday.

The NSE, an entry point for foreign funds keen to tap robust growth in East African economies, has been planning to start offering derivatives trading since last year.

Its plan to launch a derivatives market, based on underlying financial instruments such as currencies and equities, has already received approval from regulator Capital Markets Authority.

The NSE did not state the exact date of launch for the derivatives market.