Consolidation of non-interest rules additional source of revenue, says SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stated that making the Shariah Advisory Service a registrable function in the market will assist in effective implementation of the proposed consolidation of the governance rules as well as serve as an additional source of revenue to the commission.
Exposing the new rules on Shariah Advisory Services for non-interest capital market products and services, the SEC said Shariah governance was crucial considering that compliance with the rules and principles is important in Non-interest capital market operations/transactions.
According to the SEC, the non-interest capital market activities in recent times are exponentially increasing as the market is witnessing the entrance of more asset managers, the emergence of i-REIT, a listing of sovereign Sukuk on the Exchanges, issuance of corporate Sukuk, the emergence of shariah advisory function among others.
SEC said the provision of the rules is in line with local and international best practices, adding that the regulatory organisation in the Nigerian Financial System such as CBN, NAICOM had issued such guidelines to provide clear and good shariah governance in their respective sectors
“These developments coupled with the necessity of shariah services for the market affirms the critical need for a framework/guideline to set a minimum standard for persons (corporate or individual) seeking to provide shariah advisory services for Non-Interest Capital Market activities.
“The guideline is essential for the development of this nascent sector, as it will promote transparency and confidence, whilst creating a level playing field for all participants in the market.
Furthermore, the commission stated that a review exercise on its existing rules on shariah governance undertaken by the standing committee on deepening the non-interest capital market led to the recommendation that rules be drafted to provide for the registration and regulation of shariah advisory services in line with international best practices.
Going by the rule, the SEC pointed out that an issuer or fund manager with the consent of the trustee (where applicable) shall appoint a shariah adviser to provide shariah Advisory services for shariah products, issuances and schemes.
It stated that a capital market operator seeking to provide shariah-compliant products and services shall appoint a registered shariah adviser for the firm and notify the commission of such appointment within five business days of the appointment.
The rule also stipulates that the SEC may register a shariah adviser or renew the registration of a registered Shariah Adviser subject to the applicant satisfying some criteria.