SEC To Issue Guidelines On FinTech Investments

Mary Uduk

Mary Uduk

By Udo ONYEKA
The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, would soon come up with
regulatory guidelines to oversee activities investors of financial
technology (FinTech) products in the nation’s capital market.
Acting Director General of the SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk who gave the hint at
a Lecture in Abuja, noted that the guidelines  was part of the
commission’s effort to move the nation’s bourse to a technology-driven
capital market.
According to her SEC was interested in investments in the capital
market, especially given the spate of digitalization of business and
investment processes.
“If we will regulate this market and understand what is happening we
need our staff to understand the rudiments of FinTech. Very soon the
whole world will move to technology for regulation. Other
jurisdictions have already gone far into it with some of them already
amending their rules in that direction.
“The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is
on it and there is a lot on it already all over the world and we can’t
be left behind. We are very much interested in some of the most active
areas of FinTech innovation like block chain technology, crypto
currencies and how they affect investors” Uduk said.
The acting DG recalled that during the last Capital Market Committee
meeting in Lagos, the Committee agreed to set CMC to set up a
Committee to draw a FinTech Adoption roadmap for the Capital Market.
she said there was the need for the Capital Market to take advantage
of the FinTech offerings to move the Capital Market forwar, “adding
that  there was  also the need to emphasized on capacity building,
knowledge sharing, advocacy and collaboration with relevant entities.
“The Capital Market needs to create an enabling environment that is
attractive enough for FinTechs to innovate as the Market should engage
actively with the new trend in technology and provide the adequate
regulatory framework for proper adoption of suitable technology and
that is one of the reasons why we have invited FinTech here today for
this presentation”, she said.
Executive Director Information Technology and Operations of Access
Bank as well as Vice President of FinTech Association of Nigeria
(FinTechNGR) Mr. Ade Bajomo in his presentation said there was the
need for regulators to understand what FinTech is all about as that is
where the world is moving to now.
He said regulators need to know what to regulate, how to regulate it,
protect investors as well as drive commerce as if they don’t regulate
this properly, it could hinder the growth of Africa.
“We have to get into the digital agility and understand that the old
way of doing things will not work in this digital age. Whether we like
it or not, people will adopt digitalization, it is just inevitable. It
is the simplicity that is driving these entire reforms. Our markets
have to reposition to provide the proper regulations to facilitate
entry and exit by these people who will lead to raising of funds,
bringing of new products and driving the FinTech revolution.
“There exists over 5,000 FinTech companies globally. Startups are also
springing up an increasing pace. FinTech hubs are proliferating
globally in tandem with ongoing disruption in financial services.
These hubs are all vying to become established FinTech centres in
their own right, and want to contribute to the broader financial
services ecosystem of the future”, Bajomo said.
According to Bajomo SEC has shown a very good example by showing the
readiness to want to participate in this industry and help it grow
with relevant regulatory framework. That is a good step that will help
both the industry and the investors and help grow our economy in the
long run.
Financial Technology also known as FinTech describes a business that
aims at providing financial services such as personal financial
management, insurance, payment by making use of software and other
modern technology.
FinTech generally aim to attract customers with products and services
that are more user-friendly, efficient, transparent and automated than
those currently available.
President FinTechNGR, Dr. Segun Aina said “FinTech has supported the
banking industry tremendously and the capital market will also greatly
benefit from it. In every aspect of financial services, FinTech
important and that is why we are driving the process in Nigeria”