CEM REPORT, MARKET | Temi Popoola the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), has been elected into the executive committee of the association of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA).
Popoola was elected into the executive committee during the association’s annual general meeting and conference in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire on 7 December 2022.
This is according to a statement issued by the Nigerian Exchange Limited.
Popoola appreciated the representatives of the member exchanges for their confidence in selecting him and other committee members.
He assured of the NGX will continue to collaborate with other ASEA members on the development of our markets and other programs.
He also thanked the immediate past president, Dr Edoh Kossi Amenounve, for his service to the association.
“I also appreciate the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Mr Oscar Onyema for his support during my election to the committee and his efforts on ASEA’s initiatives during his time as leader of the association.
“ASEA as the premier association of securities exchanges in Africa is tasked with the duties of promoting the capital markets of its members at the global level and fostering capital inflows into African capital markets.
“At NGX, we will continue to collaborate with other ASEA members on the development of our markets, intelligence, and data sharing, and join in advocacy efforts. I am confident that the committee will continue to advance the pan-African agenda, enhance sustainability and capital mobilisation efforts and drive continent-wide financial inclusion for the development of our continent.”
The process also saw the CEO of the Botswana Stock Exchange, Thapelo Tsheole, and the CEO of the Rwanda Stock Exchange, Pierre Celestine Rwabukumba, also elected as President and Vice President of ASEA, respectively.
The meeting also saw the launch of the African Exchanges Linkage Project (AELP), an innovation by ASEA done in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and aimed at facilitating cross-border trading among seven participating Exchanges and select broker firms.
According to ASEA, AELP will aggregate live market data from seven stock exchanges representing 2,000 companies with about $1.5 trillion in market capitalisation. It will enable brokers to access information and see the market depth and liquidity of the foreign market of interest.
AELP’s phased rollout will be funded by a grant from Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Fund (KOAFEC) according to a statement from ASEA. Edoh Kossi Amenounve, ASEA’s outgoing President said:
“With AELP, we are entering a new era of African capital markets where all our members will gradually transact cross-border trades from one African securities exchange to another. This project represents a great opportunity for investors and issuers across the continent.”
NGX was announced as one of the participating exchanges with FBN Quest Securities Limited, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, CardinalStone Securities Limited, Chapel Hill Denham, Cordros Securities Limited, and RMB Stockbrokers participating as securities dealers from Nigeria.
ASEA, the continent’s prime association of securities exchanges was established in 1993 with the mandate to develop its members’ markets, promote the capital market business and provide a platform for networking.