Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and leading fund managers agree on reforms to promote the capital market

Islamabad: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and leading fund managers, from commercial banks and mutual funds, agreed on a number of reforms and measures to promote local capital markets during an interactive session, chaired by Mr. Imtiaz Haider, Commissioner SECP.

The session was organized by Topline Securities to bring together the SECP and leading market participants from banks and mutual funds. Mr. Haider appreciated such initiatives and said that engaging in a high level discourse between the regulator and the market participants enables review of recent developments in the market and helps in the sharing of new ideas to promote investor protection, market development and transparency in the market.

The Commissioner urged fund managers to take responsibility and to maintain the trust of their clients and the public by adhering to values and ethical standards. He discussed the various products introduced by the SECP to meet the different investment requirements of the investors, e.g., SIFC, cash-settled future contracts and improved debt instruments price and quantity information.

He observed, however, that there is no significant turnover in these products and emphasized the need to identify the areas and features of the products where changes can and should be made so that these products become attractive for the investors.

Many suggestions were given by the participants including the development of code of conduct for traders and investment advisors, etc. It was also suggested to revive the Institute of Capital Market in order to promote certification to help promote qualified professionals in the capital markets.

The participants deeply appreciated the efforts made by the SECP, particularly during the last one year, and extended full support to the apex regulator for the development and growth of the stock market. All participants agreed that such interactions and meeting should be held regularly to discuss the problems being faced and to develop unanimous views for their resolution.

For more information, contact:
Shakil Ahmad Chaudhary
Head, Internal and External Communication
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
NIC Building, 63 Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 921 4005 or 921 4009 (Ext. 378)
Fax: +9251 920 6459
Cell: +92302 855 2254
E-mail: shakil.chaudhary@secp.gov.pk

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