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Capital market master plan to boost market capitalization – Ofori-Atta

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The maiden Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP) is expected to boost market capitalization to GDP ratio and improve equity market turnover to market capitalization, that’s according to the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori- Atta.

Speaking at the launch of the 10-year strategic Capital Market Master Plan, Mr. Ofori-Atta said the CMMP has a target of raising the equity-market-capitalization-to-GDP ratio from about 15% to 50% at the end of the 10-year period and playing a critical to the country’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

“The Capital Market Master Plan could not have come at a better time. The Ghanaian capital market has often been touted as one with numerous opportunities for growth, mainly due to the dominance of traditional securities in the space. Meanwhile, Ghana is increasingly becoming the choice destination for continental initiatives (such as the siting of the AfCTA secretariat in Accra) and multinational companies. Additionally, the average investor is becoming more savvy and more exposed to global investment options.

“The convergence of these factors presents attractive opportunities to imbue the capital market in Ghana with more depth, breadth, and efficiency for it to be positioned as the market of choice to local, regional, and foreign investors. One of the initiatives that the government of President Nana Akufo Addo is pursuing is to reposition Ghana as the Financial Hub for the sub-region and this Capital Market Master Plan would certainly complement it, thus making the launch very opportune,” he said.

Also, he stated that the CMMP has the potency to increase liquidity turnover/nominal value of outstanding securities on the fixed income market. The Minister expects the ratio to improve over the 10-year period from about 42% to 70%.

Moreover, the minister highlighted that the new plan will increase the breadth of the capital market in Ghana. According to him, the plan will increase asset under management in collective investment schemes from about GH¢3billion to about GH¢ 38 billion.  It will also increase those under managed account from GH¢19 billion to about GH¢28 billion.

Also, Mr Ofor-Atta indicated the plan would position Ghana’s capital market as a ready access to cheaper finance option to businesses. This, he said, will boost production and services and make businesses more productive.

He indicated that a strong capital market has a rippling effect on job creation and improving standards of living. He added that it will enhance savings and investments and ultimately reduce poverty.

Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday launched its maiden Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP). This plan will serve as the blueprint for the development of the capital market in Ghana for the next 10 years. It is part of the vision to develop Ghana’s capital market. At the launch, Mr. Ofori-Atta indicated that the Capital Market was an essential driver for economic growth and development in the country.

However, the evolution of the country’s financial sector had not aggressively placed the essential industry at the heart of financial sector development over the decade. He noted that Ghana’s Capital Market has numerous opportunities for growth.

He believes strengthening the private fund machinery will help SMEs and new entrepreneurs have access to funds. This will help support their growth agenda and ultimately reduce the level of unemployment in the country.

The Director-General of SEC, Rev. Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh on his part said the plan forms part of the country’s efforts to build a robust and sustainable long-term financial market.

He said the Commission expected the implementation of the plan to meet the financing needs of the country’s growing economy. He believes it will also create investment opportunities for wealth creation.

Furthermore, the deputy director of SEC, Mr Ababio added the plan will strengthen infrastructure and improve market services. He believes the plan will help improve regulation, enforcement, and market confidence.

Mr Ababio further revealed the implementation of the plan would result in growth of businesses and increase in production. He highlighted that per the plan, SEC expects to raise GH¢ 6billion per year in equity in the 5-year target (2024). The target for the 10-year (2029) is GH¢ 15.2billion.

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