By Etuka Sunday
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has said that the introduction of checklist review process for the capital market will make the system more competitive, reduce cost, promote efficiency, transparency and accountability.
Acting Executive Commissioner Operations, SEC, Mr. Isyaku Tilde stated this at the weekend at the engagement session with Association of Issuing Houses, Trustees and Solicitors on the commencement of checklist review.
Tilde noted that whilst this process would drastically reduce time-to-market, it places a huge responsibility on Issuing Houses to ensure that its documentation and filing is flawless, that is that all relevant disclosures are made and all necessary documents filed as there would be no prior review for completeness or deficiency.
“Hence both the Issuing Houses and Solicitors who sign up on such filing take up all attendant liability should the documentation be thereafter found to be incomplete or deficient.
“These procedural changes which are being implemented in stages commenced with the Checklist Review on July 1, 2019 and is expected to run for six months to enable the Commission assess both the capacity and preparedness of Financial Advisers and Solicitors in Particular, whilst the ‘Deemed Approval’ regime is expected to commence in January 2, 2020,” he said.
He noted that the capital market has in recent times faced a number of challenges which has militated against its rapid growth and impacted not just on the economy at large but on the work of the operators.
“The need for a market that lives up to its role of catalysing economic growth by facilitating development cannot be over emphasised, and this informs the various initiatives being pursued under the Capital Market 10 years master plan as well as other ancillary initiatives which seeks to amongst others increase the depth and breadth of the market; make for a more competitive market, reduce cost, promote efficiency, transparency and accountability – all under a collaborative regulatory and oversight regime.
“These vision, coupled with the Federal Government’s drive on ease of doing business led to engagements with your good selves and other key stakeholders which has resulted in the change of pre-existing review processes and procedures for debt issuances, to deal with issues of application processing turn-around-time and ensure a highly efficient time-to-market regime,” Tilde said.
Also in his remarks, the Head of Department (HOD) Securities and Investment Services Mr. Abdulkadir Abbas said, “If we open up the market and are able to attract more capital into the system, most of the vices in the society will be reduced because people will be engaged in developmental activities, let’s think out of the box and improve the system to make our market more competitive. Reducing time to market will enable us move forward, fast track our processes and make the system more user friendly”.