Commodities market’ll aid econ diversification – SEC

The Commodities Trading Ecosystem has been described as an important market that is capable of playing a strong role in the nation’s diversification efforts as being championed by the present administration.

This was stated by the Acting Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk at a Capacity Building programme for Judges and Top Management of the Investment and Securities Tribunal, IST on Commodities Trading Ecosystem held in Abuja, Monday.

Uduk, who was represented by Acting Executive Commissioner Operations SEC, Mr. Isyaku Tilde, said it is important to organize the commodities market to enhance its efficiency, growth and competitiveness which will better position it to play a strong enabling role in food security, employment generation and economic diversification which is the main thrust of this government

She further stated that there is a lot of benefits in promoting commodities exchanges and the ecosystem in general as they provide a transparent pricing mechanism, promote attractiveness of agribusiness, foster financial inclusion and improve quality of agricultural output and profitability as well as government revenue. It also enhances the wellbeing of the farming communities and help reduce rural – urban drift.

The Acting DG said the SEC as part of its implementation of the 10-year Capital Market Master Plan, constituted a Technical Committee on Commodities Trading Ecosystem whose mandate was to identify challenges of the existing framework/infrastructure and develop a roadmap for a vibrant ecosystem.

She said, “The Technical Committee set up to develop a roadmap for reviving the Commodities Trading Ecosystem came up with over forty (40) recommendations to be implemented in 4 phases between 2018 and 2025; the report also observed the knowledge gap that exists within the ecosystem and recommended the need for capacity building on the Commodities Trading ecosystem to stakeholders and to the general public.

To ensure the implementation of these initiatives, the SEC constituted an Implementation committee consisting institutional members to drive the process.

She said the training became necessary because the Investments and Securities Tribunal, IST statutorily has jurisdiction over securities related matters and this includes the commodity trading market. 

The successful implementation of the Technical Committee’s report she said, will undoubtedly lead to more activities in the market and this will result to disputes. 

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