Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan revising non-bank financial sector regulatory framework

Islamabad, September 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): Keeping in view the inherent risks in the present composition of financial sector, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is the process of revising the NBF sector to reform the entire financial sector.

Mr. Imtiaz Haider, the SECP Commissioner for Specialized Companies Division, has said that the roadmap was rolled out in the form of a report in March 2013. In the said report, the SECP suggested to develop an alternative financial system by way of promoting non-bank financial (NBF) sector to diversify the inherent systemic risk and provide different asset classes to promote savings as well as meet the specific needs of participants. Other recommendations included some macro-level suggestions regarding taxation regime, encouraging long-term savings and channelling these savings to under-served segments.

Mr. Imtiaz Haider further said that a good number of market professionals, industry participants and financial institutions provided comments on the report. Moreover, some new ideas were also received. The SECP has analyzed the feedback given by the public on the suggested reforms.

Considering the suggested way forward given in the report and comments received from the public, the SECP has now started the process of revisiting prevalent regulatory regime for the NBF Sector.

The proposed way forward can be categorized into two parts. The first part requires longer time period for implementation as it requires consent of different stakeholders such as State Bank of Pakistan, Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue etc. as well as amendments to various statutes. Prior to considering the implementation of this part, the SECP will consider State Bank’s feedback on the way forward suggested in the report.

The second part can be implemented in the shorter run as it requires changes to the existing regulatory framework without the involvement of any external stakeholder. The SECP has initiated the process and the requisite amended framework would be implemented during this calendar year after completing the public consultation process.

For more information, contact:
Shakil Ahmad Chaudhary
Head, Internal and External Communication
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
NIC Building, 63 Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 921 4005 or 921 4009 (Ext. 378)
Fax: +9251 920 6459
Cell: +92302 855 2254
E-mail: shakil.chaudhary@secp.gov.pk

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