CMA feted as the most innovative regulator in Africa

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The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has been feted as the “Most Innovative Capital Markets Regulator in Africa 2018” by the International Finance Magazine in recognition of its on-going efforts to facilitate innovations in the capital market in Kenya. The award adds to the various efforts like leveraging technology to drive efficiency in the capital markets value chain that the Authority hope will re-energize the markets.

“The Authority is pleased to receive this recognition for the third consecutive year since 2016 from this respected publication and for the fourth year in a row from multiple market performance evaluators. This validation is a testament to the Authority’s commitment to supporting innovation as a catalyst for transformative growth of the capital markets,” said, Paul Muthaura, CMA chief executive.

Following the recent launch of the Authority’s new Strategic Plan 2018-2023, the chief executive also expressed confidence that the capital markets will continue to evolve in order to support the attainment of the aspirations of the Government’s Big Four Agenda through the provision of innovative products to supply the much-needed long term funding to help Kenya achieve double digit growth as envisaged in the Vision 2030 Economic Blueprint.

Mr Muthaura said that CMA has been recognized consistently as a leading voice in articulating policy concerns unique to emerging markets and developing economies in various global standard-setting bodies such as the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on whose board he has sat since September 2014.

At the same time, the Authority is at an advanced stage of launching a regulatory sandbox to support Fintech in the capital markets and has been consistently responsive to the introduction of new and alternative products, and services through the operationalization of a principle-based approvals
process.