The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced plans to join the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and other capital market regulators across the globe to celebrate the 2017 edition of the IOSCO World Investor Week, which is a first of its kind from 2nd through 8th October 2017.
The Investor Week (WIW) is a week-long, global campaign for IOSCO to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection and highlight the various initiatives of securities regulators in these two critical areas.
IOSCO securities regulators across the globe will, among others, provide a variety of activities, including launching investor-focused communications and services, promoting contests to increase awareness of investor education initiatives, organizing workshops and conferences, and conducting local/national campaigns in their own jurisdictions.
On its part, SEC Nigeria, under the leadership of Mounir Gwarzo, has lined up a series of investor based activities targeted at investors, market women, artisans, students and the general public. Specifically, it has set aside time for an outreaches to a tertiary institution and a local government headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday and Friday, 5th and 6th October respectively.
The lined up activities will culminate in an interface between regulators, market intermediaries and shareholder groups at a session tagged ‘Investor Clinic’ which will hold in Lagos on Saturday to close the 2017 edition of the Week. The Clinic, which promises to be interactive, rich and engaging, is intended to enlighten shareholders on recent developments in the market and discuss general everyday retail investor issues.
The WIW offers a unique opportunity for IOSCO members to work in collaboration with all investor education and protection stakeholders, at both the local and international levels.
IOSCO is the leading international policy forum for securities regulators and is recognized as the
global standard setter for securities regulation. The organization’s membership regulates more than
95% of the world’s securities markets in more than 115 jurisdictions and it continues to expand.
According to José Alexandre Vasco, Chair of IOSCO ́s Committee on Retail Investors, “We encourage all IOSCO members and other stakeholders to take part in WIW and help ensure that its important messages on the education and protection of investors are heard across the globe”.