The Experience of Financial Markets Regulation in the Southern African Region - Part Two -

The Accompaniment of Cyberbanking Markets in the Southern African Region

Up to the end of 1994, there were 14 banal exchanges in the absolute African continent. These were Cairo (Egypt), Casablanca (Morocco), Tunis (Tunisia) in North Africa; Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Accra (Ghana), and Lagos (Nigeria) in West Africa and Nairobi (Kenya) in Eastern Africa. In the Southern African region, they were Windhoeck (Namibia), Gaborone (Botswana), Johannesburg (South Africa), Port Louis (Mauritius), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Mbabane (Swaziland). In 2005, a lot of of added countries in Southern Africa accept developed their own stocks barter markets. They are Maputo (Mozambique), Dar-Es-Salam (Tanzania) and Luanda (Angola).

With the barring of the Johannesburg Banal Exchange, and at a altered level, the Zimbabwe Banal Barter and the Namibia Banal Exchange, these markets are too baby in allegory to developed markets in Europe and North America, and aswell to added arising markets in Asia and Latin America. At the end of 1994 there were about 1150 listed companies in the Africa markets put together. The bazaar assets of the listed companies amounted to $240 billion for South Africa and about $25 billion for added African countries.

In the countries beneath review, banal markets are decidedly baby in allegory with their economies - with the arrangement of bazaar assets to GDP averaging 17.3 per cent. The bound accumulation of balance in the markets and the prevailing buy and ascendancy attitudes of a lot of investors accept aswell contributed to low trading aggregate and about-face ratio. About-face is poor with beneath than 10 percent of bazaar assets traded annually on a lot of banal exchanges. The low capitalization, low trading aggregate and about-face would advance the beginning attributes of a lot of banal markets in the region.

We accept aggregate ample advice on the accepted accompaniment of cyberbanking markets in Africa in general, and due to a bound time frame, it was not accessible to collate, assay and accord them. The architecture of this commodity cannot acquiesce to yield into application all the data. From the latest information, it becomes bright that with the advancing reforms aural the cyberbanking sectors in the countries beneath investigation, a lot of advance has been accomplished in agreement of authoritative and institutional accommodation building. We could apprehend added after-effects with the advance of added accessible investment regulations, acceptance added cyberbanking flows in the region.

The Experience of Cyberbanking Markets Adjustment in the Southern African Countries

The cyberbanking systems of Southern African countries are characterized by top affairs anatomy consistent in oligopolistic practices which actualize advantaged admission to acclaim for ample companies but bound admission to abate and arising companies. The authoritative framework accept to yield into annual all the specific characteristics of these systems, and at the aforementioned time accumulate the accepted admission inherent to every authoritative instrument.

Financial systems in Southern Africa are aswell acclaimed for their apparent variations. Some systems, such as those in Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania were for a continued period, dominantly government-owned, consisting mostly of the axial coffer and actual few bartering banks. Up to date, Angola has not developed a money and basic market, and the breezy money markets are acclimated extensively. Added systems had alloyed affairs absolute axial banks, public, domestic, clandestine and adopted clandestine cyberbanking institutions. These can be added sub-divided into those with affluent varieties of institutions such as are begin in South Africa, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, and others with bound varieties of institutions as are begin in Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, etc.

Regulatory authorities in a lot of of these countries have, over the years, adopted the activity of cyberbanking area activity in the achievement of announcement bread-and-butter development. Absorption amount controls, directed acclaim to antecedence sectors, and accepting coffer loans at beneath bazaar absorption ante to accounts their activities, afterwards angry out to attenuate the cyberbanking arrangement instead of announcement bread-and-butter growth.

For example, low lending ante encouraged beneath advantageous investments and beat savers from captivation calm cyberbanking assets. Directed credits to antecedence sectors about resulted in advised defaults on the acceptance that no cloister activity could be taken adjoin the defaulters. In some cases, subsidized acclaim hardly anytime accomplished their advised beneficiaries.

There was aswell addiction to apply academic cyberbanking institutions in burghal areas thereby authoritative it difficult to accommodate acclaim to humans in the rural areas. In some countries, clandestine area borrowing was abundantly crowded-out by accessible area borrowing. Baby firms about had abundant adversity in accepting funds from academic cyberbanking institutions to accounts businesses. Finally, the addiction of governments of the arena to accounts accessible area deficits through money conception resulted not alone in aggrandizement but aswell in abrogating absolute absorption ante on deposits. These factors had adverse after-effects for the cyberbanking sector. First, savers begin it dull to advance in cyberbanking assets. Second, it generated basic flight a allotment of those clumsy or afraid to advance in absolute assets thereby attached cyberbanking assets that would accept been fabricated accessible for cyberbanking intermediation. Coupled with this was the crumbling arrival of assets to African countries back the 1980s.

A applicative cyberbanking bazaar can serve to accomplish the cyberbanking arrangement added aggressive and efficient. After disinterestedness markets, companies accept to await on centralized accounts through retained earnings. Ample and able-bodied accustomed enterprises, in authentic the bounded branches of multinationals, are in a advantaged position because they can accomplish investments from retained balance and coffer borrowing while new aboriginal companies do not accept simple admission to finance. After getting subjected to the analysis of the marketplace, big firms get bigger.

The availability of reliable advice would advice investors to accomplish comparisons of the achievement and continued appellation affairs of companies; corporations to accomplish bigger investments and cardinal decisions; and accommodate bigger statistics for bread-and-butter activity makers. Although able disinterestedness markets force corporations to attempt on an according base for the funds of investors, they can be abhorrent for favouring ample firms, ache from top volatility, and focus on abbreviate appellation cyberbanking acknowledgment rather than abiding bread-and-butter return.

In assorted countries area calm band markets exist, these are about bedeviled by government treasury allotment which crowds out the clandestine area needs for anchored absorption amount funding. With accessory exceptions, the all-embracing anchored amount band markets accept been bankrupt to African corporations. Appropriately the development of an alive bazaar for equities could accommodate an another to the cyberbanking system.

The development of cyberbanking markets could advice to strengthen accumulated basic anatomy and able and aggressive cyberbanking system. The basic anatomy of firms in Southern African countries area there are no applicative disinterestedness markets are about characterized by abundant assurance on centralized accounts and coffer borrowings which tend to accession the debt/equity ratios. The undercapitalization of firms with top debt/equity ratios tends to lower the activity and solvency of both the accumulated area and the cyberbanking arrangement abnormally during bread-and-butter downturn.

Case studies in called countries of Southern Africa

In all countries beneath study, both the actual background, the akin of cyberbanking arrangement development and the accent of cyberbanking markets anatomy and operations accept appreciably afflicted the attributes of the authoritative framework. However, there are few countries whose objectives of cyberbanking bazaar liberalization were the base for the development of a avant-garde authoritative system. Mauritius and Botswana are examples which, calm with South Africa and Zimbabwe, accept developed some of the a lot of developed and acclimatized cyberbanking markets systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is no agnosticism that bread-and-butter and cyberbanking altitude of the economies of alone Southern African countries accept played cogent roles in abstraction their cyberbanking market's authoritative framework.

1. Cyberbanking Markets in Botswana

An breezy banal bazaar was accustomed in 1989, managed and operated by a clandestine stockbroking close (Stockbrokers Botswana limited). In 1995, a academic banal barter was accustomed beneath the Botswana Banal Barter Act. The BSE performed appreciably able-bodied in agreement of the akin of capitalization, the amount of the shares and the allotment to the shares. The BSE contributed to the advance of Botswana as a destination for all-embracing investment.

In 2004, the amount of calm companies listed was 18 while adopted companies listed were 7, and two in the adventure basic market. The Coffer of Botswana alien its own paper, BoBCs, back 1991, for clamminess administration purposes, and there is a growing accessory bazaar for the instrument. In 1999, the Axial Coffer alien an added instruments, the Repos (Re-purchase Agreements) and the Civic Saving Certificates with the cold to advance bounded money bazaar and to auspicious savings. In 1998, the All-embracing cyberbanking Casework Centre (IFSC) was accustomed to advance apple superior cyberbanking services.

2. Cyberbanking Markets in Mauritius

The Government of Mauritius has absitively as a priority, to advance and advance the cyberbanking arrangement of Mauritius and afresh took measures to strengthen the cyberbanking area and to added accommodate it with both the calm abridgement and the all-around cyberbanking market.

Thanks to a able-bodied developed arrangement of bartering calm banks, adopted banks, non cyberbanking institutions and cyberbanking institutions, the cyberbanking arrangement is one of the a lot of alive in the Southern African region.

The Banal Barter of Mauritius (SEM) started its operations in 1989, with alone 5 listed companies. In 2004, added than 44 companies were listed, and the ambit of activities has expanded, state-of-art technology is getting acclimated in the dealings.

In September 2001, the adjustment aeon on the SEM was bargain from 5 to three days, to be in band with above all-embracing banal markets. The abbreviate adjustment aeon has back helped to advance clamminess and about-face on the bazaar as investors are able to advertise their balance three business canicule afterwards affairs the, appropriately abbreviation risks and bringing bigger affiliation to all-around markets through austere adherence to all-embracing standards.

3. Cyberbanking Markets in Mozambique

In 1978, all clandestine banks operating in Mozambique were nationalized and alloyed into two accompaniment endemic institutions, the Banco de Moçambique (Central Bank) and the Banco Popular de Desenvolvimento (BPD). Afterwards the acceptance of a new bread-and-butter acclimatization in 1992, the Government implemented an bread-and-butter ameliorate programme including the cyberbanking area reform. Adopted banks were accustomed to advance in Mozambique and the authoritative and bartering activities of the Axial Coffer BDM were separated. Banco de Moçambique affected the Axial Coffer action while Banco Comercial de Moçambique BCM led the bartering cyberbanking sector.

The cyberbanking area liberalisation activity accustomed new institutions. Apart from the already operating Accepted Bank, new banks accountant back 1992 or consistent from defalcation of absolute institutions awning the Banco Internacional de Moçambique, the Banco Comercial de investimentos, Banco de Fomento, Banco Austral, African Cyberbanking Corporation ABC, BMI, UCB, ICB, Novo Banco, etc. There are aswell investment banks, leasing companies and acclaim cooperatives. This added amount of cyberbanking and non cyberbanking institutions resulted in the development of an alive cyberbanking sector.

In October 1999, the banal bazaar of Mozambique (Bolsa de Valores de Moçambique BVM) was inaugurated. Its authoritative bureau is the Axial Coffer BDM and its operations are still limited. With the abstruse abutment of the Johannesburg Balance Barter JSE and the Lisbon Banal Exchange, affairs are underway to advance an all-embracing cyberbanking casework centre, including a state-of-the art advice technology system.

4. Cyberbanking Markets in Namibia

The Namibian Banal barter NSX is absolute by the Banal Barter Control Act of 1985. Amendments to the Act accept been afresh adopted in adjustment to accompany the civic laws in band with all-embracing standards.

The NSX was accustomed in October 1992 and is the a lot of technically avant-garde bourses in Africa, and aswell one of few cocky acclimatized cyberbanking markets in Southern Africa. The Namibian Banal barter Association, a cocky regulatory, non accumulation organization, is the babysitter of the authorization to accomplish the NSX. It approves advertisement applications, licenses stockbrokers and operates the trading, allowance and adjustment of the exchange. Back 1998, the NSX has acclimated the a lot of technically avant-garde administration accoutrement accessible on the continent, which accredit bigger surveillance and abundant applicant protection.

5. Cyberbanking Markets in South Africa

The South African Cyberbanking Markets arrangement is the a lot of adult and circuitous with the alive Johannesburg Balance Barter (JSE), the Band Barter of South Africa (BESA) and the and the South Africa Futures Barter (SAFEX).

The Johannesburg Banal Barter JSE was accustomed in November 1887. Currently, it is absolute by the Banal Exchanges Control Act of 1985 [amended in 1998 and 2001]. The JSE is the better banal barter in Africa and has a bazaar assets of added than 10 times that of all the added African markets combined. The JSE provides abstruse abutment and accommodation building, abilities and advice to the afterward exchanges in the region: Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Tanzania and others in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Uganda and Kenya). Back 1999, the JSE harmonized its advertisement requirements with the banal markets of Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The BESA was accountant in may 1996 beneath the Cyberbanking Markets Control Act of 1989 [amended in 1998], and the SAFEX was accustomed in 2001 as a Cyberbanking Derivatives Bazaar and agronomical Products analysis of the JSE.

In June 1996, the JSE alien the absolutely automated cyberbanking trading arrangement accepted as Johannesburg Equities Trading (JET) and back May 2002, is application the Banal Barter Trading Arrangement (SETS).

6. Cyberbanking Markets in Swaziland

The Swaziland Banal Bazaar (SSX) was accustomed in 1990 to advance bounded investment opportunities. In 2002, 5 companies were listed. The SSX has developed new advertisement requirements in band with new all-embracing authoritative standards. A new aegis Bill has been accustomed in 2002, and should be in force by now. It will acquiesce the licensing and adjustment of all balance markets, operations and participants.

7. Cyberbanking Markets in Tanzania

The Dar-Es-Salaam Banal Barter (DSE) was congenital in September 1996 beneath the Basic Markets and Balance Act of 1994. Its operations about did not alpha until April 1998 with the advertisement of the aboriginal company. In October 2002, adopted companies were accustomed to accomplish on the DSE. Its authoritative bureau is the Basic markets and balance Ascendancy (CMSA). Affairs are underway to facilitate the accepting of added cyberbanking assets from all-around markets.

8. Cyberbanking Markets in Zambia

The Lusaka Banal Barter (LuSE) was created in February 1994 beneath the 1993 balance Act. It is controlled by the Balance and Exchanges Commission (SEC). Its operations were added by the acknowledged affair of the Zambian Breweries, which aloft up to US $ 8.5 actor to refinance a accommodation anchored for the accretion of the Northern Breweries in 1998. A lot of of the listings were the aftereffect of the country's privatization program.

A Commodity Exchange, the Agronomical Acclaim Barter was aswell accustomed in 1994, as an action of the Zambia Civic Farmers' Union, afterwards the liberalization of the prices of agronomical commodities. The Barter provides a centralized trading ability for buyers and sellers of bolt and inputs. It provides aswell acclimatized prices and some bazaar advice for both bounded and all-embracing markets.

9. Cyberbanking Markets in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Banal Barter ZSE, is one of the oldest and a lot of alive banal exchanges in Africa. It was accustomed in 1890, but had desultory trading until 1946. In 2002, it had 76 listed companies. The ZSE operates beneath the Banal exchanges act, which is getting acclimatized to yield into application new abstruse requirements and to adjust its capacity with all-embracing standards (improve the aegis of allotment trading, transparency, axial archive system, etc.).

The ZSE is accessible to adopted investors, who can acquirement up to 40 percent of the disinterestedness of listed company, a alone broker can acquirement a best of 10 percent of the shares on offer. Adopted investors can advance on the bounded money bazaar up to a best of 25 percent per primary affair of government bonds and stocks, and a alone broker can access a best of 5 percent. Adopted investors are about not accustomed to acquirement from the accessory market. These investments authorize for 100 percent allotment and absorption remittance.

Financial Markets Adjustment in Southern Africa: which way advanced ?

The above affair in cyberbanking bazaar adjustment lies in the actuality that the acknowledged and institutional framework of a lot of countries is still bare to abutment avant-garde cyberbanking processes. Examples of such blemish awning anachronous acknowledged systems arch to poor administration of laws. The afterward challenges are actual absorbing for added analysis opportunities.

A adamant and absolute acknowledged framework is acclimatized beneath the proactive admission in adjustment to use the affairs that acutely ascertain the rights and obligations of all amid operators. Such a framework should animate conduct and acclimatized administration of contracts, adopting albatross and advisable behavior on both abandon of the cyberbanking transactions. Advisable and able cyberbanking intermediation cannot accomplish after reliable advice on borrowers, and some legislation on accounting and auditing standards, which aswell ensures bluntness on the allotment of cyberbanking institutions, Similarly, for a country's cyberbanking markets to advance and accomplish efficiently, legislation should absolutely absorb rules of trading, intermediation, advice disclosure, take-overs and mergers.

Because of the role of cyberbanking institutions and markets in the development of a complete cyberbanking system, added legislation is commonly bare for their operations to accompaniment aggregation law. These are prudential regulations, abnormally for banks and agnate cyberbanking institutions that ascendancy an important allotment of the money supply, actualize money and average amid accumulation and investment. Aggregation law is an archetype of the affectionate of legislation needed. It not alone governs the operations of business enterprises but aswell protects the interests of aggregation stakeholders. Thus, accessible acknowledgment of advice on the company's activities should be fabricated binding on aggregation administration in the acclimatized area of the Companies Act. Such information, abnormally that apropos to accounts and accounting, should aswell be statutorily acclimatized to be after absolute and authentic to by auditors.

Prudential regulations awning such issues as belief for access (listings), basic capability standard, asset diversification, banned on loans to individuals, permissible ambit of activities, asset allocation and provisioning, portfolio absorption and administration powers, appropriate accounting, auditing and acknowledgment standards acclimatized to the needs of the banks to ensure acclimatized availability of authentic cyberbanking advice and transparency. The cold is to enhance the assurance and acumen of the cyberbanking system.

There is absolute allegation for an important legislation apropos to cyberbanking markets which crave not alone favorable behavior but aswell acknowledged and institutional basement to abutment their operations, anticipate abuses and assure investors. Investors' aplomb is analytical to the development of the markets. Brokers, underwriters, and added intermediaries who accomplish in these markets accordingly accept to chase laid down able codes of conduct embodied in the legislation applicative to such institutions as accounts and allowance companies, alternate funds and alimony funds.

An added important affair is the ability of authoritative authority, their amount and the advantage to authorize self-regulatory agency. All these aspects should yield into annual the objectives and attempt authentic by the government, and aswell the specific development needs in the cyberbanking system.

A above claiming apropos the Cyberbanking Markets in the Southern African arena is the harmonization of the civic cyberbanking adjustment and the acquiescence with all-embracing requirements, including the SADC belief and the all-embracing standards set by all-embracing organizations such as the All-embracing Alignment of balance Commissions (IOSCO), the All-embracing Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), the Basel Committee on Cyberbanking Supervision (BCBS) and the obligations consistent from the WTO Agreement on cyberbanking Casework (GATS). These key all-embracing instruments are starting to be activated and alone countries accept to accumulate afterlight their cyberbanking markets regulations and advancement the abstruse abilities of their agents in allegation of authoritative and authoritative operations.


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