African capital markets conference in September

A Regional Capital Markets Conference for Africa is to be held next month under the theme: “Towards effective regulation and development of an efficient capital markets in Africa”. The conference is sponsored by hosted by Ghana’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and sponsored by the US Agency for International Development and the US SEC.

The agenda includes current capital markets development issues in Africa, including regulatory issues since the financial crisis. The meeting will be in Accra, Ghana, from 14-18 September. Regulators from insurance, banking, and securities are expected, as well as experts from Uganda, Cameroon, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, US, UK and other parts of the world.

A key speaker is Dr Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin, CEO of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange on ‘Commodities Sector in Africa: Opportunities and challenges of developing a viable commodities market in Africa”. Another will be Dr Robert M. Fisher, assistant director in the US SEC’s Office of International Affairs on “Challenges of securities regulation in emerging markets”.

Ghana’s SEC will also host Middle East and African Regulators in a conference due in 2010, while the Ghana Stock exchange hosted the 11th African Securities Exchange Association (ASEA) conference in 2007 for the theme: “African Capital Markets: The next investment frontier”.


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