According to Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper (www.herald.co.zw), it is only months before the introduction of a hub-and-spoke interconnectivity model for SADC stock exchanges as “the first significant step towards the integration of one of Africa’s economic regions”.
According to reports, stockbrokers have sought a vehicle to provide information on companies operating in the region, monitor their performance and explore opportunities for clients. Geoff Rothschild, Director: Government and International Affairs at South Africa’s JSE Ltd (www.jse.co.za) and outgoing chair of the Committee of Southern Africa Development Community Stock Exchanges (COSSE), grouping 10 southern African bourses, is quoted as saying the system would “expose our neighbours’ business organisations to local and international investors. This hub will allow exchanges to connect to each other’s platforms and ultimately allow investors to trade on all SADC exchanges through their local brokerage.”
Major investment is needed to upgrade technology for the region’s exchanges and, although many are willing, financing is still being sought. The hub-and-spoke model is being developed by the Mauritius securities market, including the Central Depository and Settlement company, which has experience of capital markets development in other parts of Africa.
Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Chief Executive Emmanuel Munyukwi has been elected chair for the next 2 years. Lusaka Stock Exchange chief executive Mrs Beatrice Kansa is deputy chair. Mr Munyukwi, a former banker, is quoted as saying: “The position will help to put Zimbabwe back on the regional securities map and also enhance the visibility of ZSE to investors.”
CoSSE was established in 1997 and meets quarterly, its members with established exchanges are: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its objectives include increased co-operation and links in operations, communications, regulations, technical skills development and other areas between the stock exchanges and to make SADC securities markets more attractive to local and international investors.