SEC to relax its listing requirements – Gwarzo

Kayode Ogundele
Kayode Ogundele
Mounir Gwarzo, SEC Director-General

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it will relax listing requirements to encourage more listing of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on the exchange.

Mounir Gwarzo, SEC Director-General, said this at the third quarter post Capital Market Committee (CMC) media briefing on Friday in Lagos.

“We are willing to relax some of the listing and disclosure requirements to encourage listing of SMEs,” he said.

Gwarzo said that the commission would collaborate with the federal government on issue of tax incentives and exemption for companies that want to seek listing.

The director-general also disclosed that discussions had reached advanced stage with telecommunications companies to list on the exchange.

He said the companies could seek listing without raising funds.

Gwarzo also said that the commission would reduce transactions cost at the nation’s bourse as part of efforts to encourage more companies into the market in 2016.

He added that arrangements were on top gear for the establishment of a new commodities exchange in line with government new economic drive to boost the agricultural sector.

Gwarzo said that all the efforts by the commission were to boost investors’ confidence back to the market adding that the capital market would not grow without strong investor’s confidence and liquidity.

Gwarzo said that the commission had set up market wide committee to ascertain ways to make transaction costs cheaper at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to increase investor participation.

He said that the commission would commence implementation of the committee’s recommendations from 2016.

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