East Africa securities training for thousands

The International Finance Corporation (www.ifc.org), a member of the World Bank Group (www.worldbank.org), and East Africa’s Securities Industry Training Institute (SITI), based at the Uganda Securities Exchange (www.use.or.ug) have signed an agreement to broaden training. This will boost opportunities for market participants, regulators and others in East Africa’s capital markets sector, with the aim of strengthening and supporting the growth of securities markets in the region.
SITI will be licensed to use IFC-developed securities markets training material for the next 10 years to train and certify thousands of securities market participants in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The material is developed by the Efficient Securities Markets Institutional Development (ESMID) Programme, a joint project by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (www.sida.se), which provided $5.5 million, the IFC and the World Bank.
IFC Principal Investment Officer Aida Kimemia said in a press release: “Supporting the development of securities markets is a priority for IFC in Africa. This agreement will make available world-class training materials to thousands of people in East Africa, improving their skills and knowledge and giving them the tools that will support broad economic growth in the region.”
Joseph S. Kitamirike, Chairman SITI board and CEO, Uganda Securities Exchange, said: “We at SITI are very pleased to have cooperated with IFC to develop the training materials. We know that they are cutting edge and will help us develop the personnel we need to grow the securities markets in East Africa. On the strength of this successful cooperation with IFC, we are confident we will undertake more activities of this nature that will ensure proper market development.”
The ESMID programme aims to help develop well-functioning securities markets in Africa, with a goal of supporting key economic and social development needs with high developmental impact, such as infrastructure, housing, and microfinance. Despite efforts over the last 12 months this blog has been unable to contact the East Africa office directly to find out more, as the officers do not seem to reply to emails or phone messages.
Its funded programmes are to help simplify regulations and procedures for issuing and trading bonds; strengthen market infrastructure; build capacity of market participants; facilitate the regionalization of securities markets; and support demonstration transactions. In East Africa, it reportedly works with central banks, securities regulators, stock exchanges, and market participants, such as brokers, dealers, investment banks, and institutional investors. It also works in Nigeria, according to the website.
The ESMID-developed training material consists of 3 courses and 5 seminars: Fundamentals Securities Course; Securities Certification Course; Officers and Directors Course; Bond Trading Seminar; Corporate Finance Seminar; Corporate Governance Seminar; Bond Underwriting Seminar; and Portfolio Management Seminar.
The courses, which will be required for licensing of market intermediaries, have already benefitted more than 700 course participants in East Africa.
The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. It says “our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010.”

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