The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday (24 May) launched its maiden Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP) to serve as the blueprint for the development of the capital market in Ghana for the next ten years.
The plan is built around a vision discussed and agreed upon with key stakeholders in the capital market to ensure a well-developed future for the industry.
At the end of the ten-year period, it is anticipated that the capital market in Ghana will be demonstrably successful and well-functioning.
Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister for Finance, who launched the plan, said the capital market was an essential driver for economic growth and development, but unfortunately, 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 said Ghana’s capital market was often touted as one with numerous opportunities for growth, mainly due to the dominance of plain vanilla and traditional securities in the space.
“Through the strengthening of the private fund machinery, SMEs and new entrepreneurs will have access to funds to support their growth agenda and ultimately reduce the level of unemployment in the country,” Ofori-Atta said.
He said the target of the capital market master plan was to boost the equity-market capitalisation-to-GDP from about 15% to 50% at the end of the ten-year period, and also improve equity-market-turnover-to-market capitalisation from about 1% to 15%.
Ofori-Atta said liquidity turnover/nominal value of outstanding securities on the fixed income market, under the plan, was expected to increase from about 42% to 70%.
“In addition to improving the breadth of the market, the plan has a target to increase asset under management in collective investment schemes from about GHC3 billion to about GH¢38 billion and those under managed account from GHC19 billion to about GHC28 billion,” he added.
Ofori-Atta said undeniably, the plan would position Ghana’s capital market as a ready access to cheaper finance option to businesses, boosting production and services and making businesses more productive.
He said the rippling effect on the creation of more jobs, higher standards of living, increase in savings and investments and poverty reduction could not be overemphasised.
He said a well-executed CMMP would invariably inure to the benefit of all Ghanaians and called for a concerted effort and support from stakeholders to transform the capital market to a more diversified, efficient, and liquid market that would be an attractive destination to both issuers and investors.
Rev Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh, the director general of SEC, said the plan formed part of the country’s efforts at building a robust and sustainable long-term financial market to anchor the country’s accelerated development goals.
He said it was aimed at charting the course and providing the blueprint to guide the development and growth trajectory of the capital market over a 10-year uninterrupted period.
Ogbarmey Tetteh said the framework of the Plan was designed to provide strategic direction and a clear roadmap towards fulfilling the government’s vision of positioning Ghana as the regional hub for financial services.
“We believe that the plan will complement the government’s efforts in building a comprehensive ecosystem to make the country a preferred destination for a regionally-focused financial services hub as indicated in the 2019 national budget,” he added.
He said the Commission expected the implementation of the Plan would meet the financing needs of the country’s growing economy, while also creating investment opportunities for wealth creation.
Paul Ababio, the deputy director general, finance at SEC said the plan was to improve diversity of investment products and liquidity of securities markets (to enhance investor participation and improve market liquidity) and Increase the investor base and promoting innovation and product diversification.
He said it was also to strengthen infrastructure and improve market services (to improve market integrity and accessibility) and improve regulation, enforcement, and market confidence.
He said the vision of the plan was “in pursuant of a deep, efficient, diversified and well-regulated Market with a full range of products attractive to domestic and international investors.”
Ababio said the implementation of the Plan would result in the growth of businesses and an increase in production, which would result in employment, high standards of living and eventually poverty reduction.
He said with key market indicators, absolute amount to be raised per year in equity in the five-year target (2024) would be GHC6 billion, while the 10-year target (2029) would be GHC15.2 billion.
Ababio said it was expected to raise absolute amount per year in bonds of GHC 40 billion in the first five-year period and GHC52 billion in the ten-year period.
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