Woes of Zimbabwe Stock Exchange

The value of trading on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange fell 22% in the first quarter of 2015 (compared to 2014), the bourse has been hit by controversies and several delistings.

What are Africa’s pension funds investing into?

African pension funds in 10 countries already have $379 billion in assets under management and continue to grow. Are there enough opportunities for them to deploy these investment resources most productively?

Nairobi securities exchange prepares for derivatives market launch

The Nairobi Securities Exchange is working to launch a derivatives market, including product and contract specifications, and public education, following the news on 19 Dec that the Capital Markets Authority granted a provisional licence and approved the NSE’s Derivatives Exchange Rules

JSE and ASEA host African exchanges for capacity-building

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), supported by the World Bank Group, are hosting the third Building African Financial Markets seminar this week, bringing together stock exchanges, regulators, stockbrokers and others from across Africa.

New laws pave route to Angolan securities exchange

Laws have been approved in Angola to regulate the future securities exchange for equity and debt. The Capital Markets Commission (CMC) says that it plans to open a secondary debt market next year and this will pave the way for a securities exchange in 2016.

South Africa’s JSE again beats the world on regulation – how they do it

South Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (www.jse.co.za) is the world’s best-regulated stock exchange for the fourth year running. The 2013-14 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranks South Africa first out of 148 countries for regulation of securities exchanges. South Africa’s financial market development ranking remains impressive at third in the world. This […]

Regulators discuss East African bookbuilding and stockbroker licences

The regional forum, the East African Securities Regulatory Authorities (EASRA), is seeking to create a harmonized licensing framework for the region for brokers and dealers, and has also approved draft regulations on book-building for adoption by its members. The draft book-building regulations are to be shared with stakeholders in the member States and their views […]

Kenya steps up corporate governance

Kenya is stepping up corporate governance and the Capital Markets Authority has appointed a 9-member Capital Markets Corporate Governance Committee.

IOSCO global regulator gives bigger role to emerging markets – 80% of its membership

The 86 emerging markets members of the world’s securities markets regulator, International Organization of Securities Commissions form 80% of IOSCO membership and are increasingly important in the global economy. They back setting up IOSCO Foundation, to boost funding so IOSCO can scale up research, education and training and technical assistance.

Improving business climate is key challenge – Africa improves

The business environment is rising higher on the agenda of African governments and more progress is being made, but there are still major issues. Doing Business 2193 report by the IFC and the World Bank and the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance, both published in October, highlight which economies and governments are improving fastest.

Kenya’s CMA regulator pushes capital markets development plan

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is pushing the development of the capital market through today’s (16 Oct) launch of a 16-member steering committee to formulate the Capital Markets Master Plan (CMMP) covering the next 5 years of development.