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AfDB, SEC sign $460,000 grant for market surveillance project

By Anthony Otaru, Abuja
19 July 2022   |   3:22 am
Determined to modernise Nigeria’s capital markets and ensure that it is well positioned to support economic transformation driven by private sector investment, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the African Development Bank Group have signed an agreement for a grant on market surveillance system project.

Determined to modernise Nigeria’s capital markets and ensure that it is well positioned to support economic transformation driven by private sector investment, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the African Development Bank Group have signed an agreement for a grant on market surveillance system project.

The grant, valued at $460,000, is to finance technical assistance and capacity building for capital market development under the “Nigeria Securities Market Surveillance System Project”.

Speaking at the ceremony, Director-General, African Development Bank Group Lamin Barrow said the grant from the Capital Markets Development Trust Fund (CMDTF) – a multi-donor trust fund administered by the AfDB and supported by the Ministry of Finance of Luxembourg and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Cooperation of the Netherlands, will support the acquisition, installation and deployment of a real-time automated securities market surveillance system of the Nigeria capital market.

According to Barrow, “Today’s ceremony marks yet another important milestone in our partnership and efforts to modernize Nigeria’s capital markets and ensure that it is well positioned to support economic transformation driven by private sector investment.

“The introduction of a surveillance system will enhance oversight on securities trading across all existing and future trading platforms and all tradable securities and products by the SEC. It will therefore preserve securities market integrity, boost investor confidence and enhance financial inclusion, among other expected outcomes.”

The AfDB DG said to ensure sound implementation and sustainability, the design of the technical assistance project embeds training activities to strengthen the capacity of users of the securities market surveillance system, and the preparation of relevant operational manuals and workflow processing and document management for the surveillance solution.

In his remarks, Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda said the SEC is very pleased and thankful to AfDB for providing the grant support to execute very important projects, particularly the project to acquire a surveillance solution.

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