Central Bank Governor Prof. W. D. Lakshman
- Central Counter Party system, stock market digitisation and EPF investments into listed companies with due diligence among matters discussed
Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) Chairman Viraj Dayaratne PC last week paid a courtesy call on Central Bank Governor Prof. W.D. Lakshman and discussed capital market development initiatives.
This meeting provided an opportunity for the Governor and the Chairman to share and exchange views on issues of mutual interest as well as certain specific matters regarding which the SEC required the support of the Central Bank. SEC Director General Chinthaka Mendis was also present.
Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) Chairman Viraj Dayaratne
The SEC Chairman explained to the Governor that there had been an initiative under the Financial Sector Modernisation Project (FSMP) funded by the World Bank to set up an integrated Central Counter Party system (CCP) with regard to settlement of securities. However, later the Central Bank had decided to limit the CCP to only Government Securities and domestic foreign currency transactions in the initial phase.
The SEC Chairman explained the importance of including equity as well in the CCP and requested the Governor to explore the possibility of establishing an integrated CCP which will certainly enhance the credibility of the capital market and will boost investor confidence, particularly that of international investors.
The Governor was also briefed on the stock market digitisation initiative undertaken jointly by the SEC and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Chairman indicated that they were seeking the approval of the Central Bank with regard to certain changes that had been proposed to the Know Your Customer Rules at the point of opening Central Depository Systems accounts online.
Additionally, discussions also included the prospect of enhancing investments of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Sri Lanka’s largest pension fund, in the Colombo stock market with suitable due diligence. Such a move is expected to provide above average returns to members of the EPF and also would invigorate the capital market.
The Governor agreed to have the matters looked into and the meeting ended on a cordial and positive note.