12 April 2021: The CoSSE Secretariat hosted the 58th Bi-Annual meeting for CoSSE members and observers, on the 8th of April 2021, chaired by the Chairman of CoSSE, and CEO of the BSE, Mr Thapelo Tsheole. This is the Committee’s second meeting to be held virtually since the COVID-19 outbreak.
On the agenda for this meeting were several discussion points germane to the progressive development of the capital markets of the SADC region, chief among them being funding commitments for projects focused on enhancing financial integration and developing the regional green bond market. Presentations were made by FSD Africa principals on the roadmap of the SADC Green Bond Programme partnership between CoSSE and FSD Africa, previously announced on the 11th of March 2021. Deliberations also concentrated on the implementation of the Support to Improving the Investment and Business Environment (SIBE) Programme spearheaded by the SADC Secretariat in conjunction with the European Union (EU). Progress updates of other associated SADC Sub-Structures pertaining to capital market issues were discussed, including Financial Inclusion, Cross-Border Trade between SADC Stock Exchanges and the IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation.
Mr. Tsheole noted the full attendance of CoSSE members at the virtual 58th CoSSE meeting as a clear demonstration of their commitment towards the development of the regional capital market. In his closing remarks, the Vice-Chairperson Mr. John Kamanga reiterated the importance of multilateral cooperation for the betterment of the SADC region and the African Continent as a whole, and urged all attendees to continue to adhere to their respective COVID-19 health protocols.