AfDB grants nearly US$1 million to strengthen regional financial market



FILE PHOTO: The headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) are pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 16, 2016. Picture taken September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Luc Gnago/File Photo - RC196B9DEF90

 The African Development (AfDB) and the of Central African States (BEAC) have signed a grant agreement to support the project to support the unified financial market of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

The deal was signed on May 28 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, according to the AfDB media outlet.

It said this funding of US$ 994,638 comes from the African Private Sector Assistance Fund (FAPA), funded by Japan and Austria and hosted at the AfDB. It is in addition to resources already released by the in support of the regional financial market.

The resources are the assistance approved by the in 2019 to support the start-up of the Unified Financial Market in Central Africa as well as a capacity building programme supervised by the and supported by the French Fund for assistance.

The BEAC was mandated by the Heads of State of CEMAC to strengthen the players in the regional financial market in Central Africa and further boost the public securities market in the CEMAC zone, which brings together six countries (, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Chad).

The support provided by the AfDB will make it possible to implement three main components: revitalization of the government securities market, support for the stock market and support for project management.

The project will stimulate the deepening of the regional financial market through a series of reforms aimed at further developing the government securities market, encouraging the growth of long-term domestic savings.

The reforms are also aimed at improving listing conditions in order to stimulate Initial public offerings (IPOs) and corporate bonds and strengthen the capacities of market institutions and actors.

Specifically, the project will support insurance companies through the Inter-African Conference on Insurance Markets (CIMA) by promoting the collection of reliable, automated, available and insurance market data as well as the implementation compliance of the regulatory framework with international standards.

The direct beneficiaries of this new support from the AfDB are the BEAC, the Unified Stock Exchange of Central Africa (BVMAC), the Central African Financial Market Surveillance Commission (COSUMAF), the central depository, CIMA and CEMAC economic agents. (PANA/NAN)