Welcome to FinPort, the SEC’s Portal where innovations and Financial Technology (FinTech) are encouraged and facilitated. The SEC believes that the driver to transforming Nigeria into a smart financial centre is the provision of a regulatory environment that is conducive for innovative use of technology. FinPort has been established to assist all new and even existing Financial Technology (FinTech) businesses to understand the regulatory demands or requirements relevant to the Nigerian capital market.
The Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria as the apex regulator of the Nigerian Capital Market, is empowered by the Investment and Securities Act 2007 to regulate and develop the Nigerian Capital to ensure fairness, integrity, ease and freedom of participation (entry & exit). In that light, the SEC is always fully alert in tracking new developments in the financial markets in general and the Capital Market in particular. The evident preponderance in the Nigerian Financial Markets as in other global markets, of new innovations aimed at enhancing financial products and services through the application and utilization of technology tools among others, necessitates the creation and adoption of adequate processes and tools to satisfactorily deliver on the Commission’s mandate.
The financial innovation landscape as agreed by all, is an evolving one. The Commission like regulators all over the world, is prepared to evolve with it. It has put mechanisms in place to understand these new innovations, build required capacity and subsequently deploy strategies to address them. This process is an ongoing one and the Commission is deeply committed to this new phase and face of our Capital Market.
In the Commission’s resolve to facilitate innovation in the Nigerian Capital Market, it has articulated and adopted a three-pronged objective to regulate innovation. While it is both accommodating and futuristic, it also ensures adherence to our regulatory mandate and aims to provide confidence to all stakeholders. This objective hinged on safety, market deepening and solution to problems as outlined below, will guide our strategy, our regulations and our interaction with innovators seeking legitimacy and relevance, thereby creating value in the Nigerian Capital Market.
Three-pronged Objective to Regulate Innovation in the Nigerian Capital Market
Indeed SEC Nigeria is committed to a journey whose destination though uncertain will undoubtedly experience different turns, several weather conditions and diverse vehicles. All stakeholders are urged to come on board and commit to developing a Capital Market that will contribute in a more resounding way, to the economic development of our Nigeria.
At the 2nd Capital Market Committee Meeting of the year, which took place on Thursday, August 22, 2019, the Report of the FinTech Roadmap Committee of the Nigerian Capital Market was presented to and accepted by the Capital Market community. The Report highlights the current application of FinTech in the market, opportunities, challenges and recommendations.
Stakeholders are hereby invited to comment and provide feedback on the Report. Please send your comments via firstname.lastname@example.org on or before COB Friday, September 20, 2019.
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