In a bid to foster collaboration and enhance the understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with the integration of capital markets in the West African region, the African Development Bank and the West African Monetary Institute are set to host a Capacity Building/Sensitization Program on West African Capital Markets Integration (WACMI) Phase II Project.
The event is scheduled to hold from July 11 – 12, 2023 at the Federal Palace Hotel Lagos, Nigeria.
The WACMI PHASE 2 Project is funded by the African Development Bank through a grant from the Capital Markets Development Trust Fund and implemented by the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) while Lead anchors are the West African Capital Markets Integration Council (WACMIC), a platform for Chief Executive Officers of the Securities Exchanges and Central Securities Depositories in West Africa, and the West African Securities Regulators Association (WASRA), comprised of Directors General of the Securities & Exchange Commissions in the region.
According to the Director General WAMI, Dr. Olorunsola E. Olowofeso, “Integrated capital market will foster cross border investment, stimulate and deepen the regional financial markets through series of activities aimed at harmonizing capital market operational rules, providing aggregated financial markets information, providing common market infrastructure, enhance liquidity, promote efficient allocation of capital, increase investment opportunities, reduce costs for market participants, and foster economic growth and stability.
“The project emphasizes knowledge transfer and capacity building through workshops and technical training sessions to build the capacity of market operators, regulators, asset managers, financial infrastructure providers and other capital market participants on a range of financial market issues including regulations, supervision, innovative financing, cross-border investments and settlements”.
The programme is expected to sensitize relevant stakeholders on efforts at enhancing cross-border investments across the region through the establishment of a common and integrated platform for the listing, trading, and settlement of securities transactions within West Africa.
The key objectives of the program include: Enhancing awareness of the WACMI Phase II Project and its significance for the region’s capital market ecosystem: Facilitating knowledge exchange on regulatory frameworks, market structures, and operational aspects to support integration efforts and Discussing challenges and identifying solutions to strengthen cross-border investment and trading activities.
Other objectives are Identifying opportunities for collaboration and fostering partnerships among market participants and stakeholders and Showcasing success stories and case studies from other integrated capital markets across the globe.
The program is designed to bring together experts, professionals, regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders from across the West African region to engage in fruitful discussions, share best practices, and explore innovative strategies for the successful implementation of the WACMI Phase II Project.
Speakers at the event include
Director General WAMI Dr. Olorunsola E. Olowofeso, Director General Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)Mr. Lamido Yuguda, CEO Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Mr. Temi Popoola and Deputy Governor Economic Policy Directorate Central Bank of Nigeria Dr. Kingsley I. Obiora.
The first Panel Discussion at the event is on ‘Capital Market Integration in West Africa’ and has the following as panelists: MD Chapel Hill Mr. Bolaji Balogun, CEO NGX Regulation Mrs. Tinu Awe, MD CSCS Mr. Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Exec. Commissioner Operations SEC Mr. Dayo Obisan and Representative of SEC Ghana, Callis Badoo.
The second panel discussion is on ‘Improving liquidity in West African Capital Markets’ and has the following panelists: Director, Lagos Zonal Office, SEC Mr. Hafsat Rufai, CEO, DLM Capital Group Mr. Sonnie Ayere, Chairman, ASHON Mr. Sam Onukwue Chairman FMAN Mr. Aigbovbioise Aig-Imoukhuede and Director, Financial Markets Department, CBN.