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Secz creates user-friendly conditions for investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe (Secz) has announced simplified know-your-customer (KYC) requirements for investors intending on participating in the capital market in the country.

BY OWN CORRRESPONDENT

Tafadzwa Chinamo

Tafadzwa Chinamo

This measure, according to the commission, is to promote financial inclusion, ease of doing business and growing the securities market.

In a statement, the Secz CEO, Tafadzwa Chinamo, said the move was meant to promote the participation of the general public on the local capital market.

“This will be achieved through promotion of online and mobile trading and settlement of securities transactions before the end of the third quarter of 2017,” he said in the statement addressed to the securities market intermediaries and the investing public.

The documents required for opening a securities trading account with an asset manager, securities dealer such as a stockbroker, a custodian or Central Securities Depository (CSD) have been reduced to just a national identity card and a completed securities trading account opening form for both local investors and Zimbabweans in the diaspora.

For foreigners, the requirements are now a valid passport in addition to the completed securities trading account form.

Local and foreign companies now require a certified copy of certificate of incorporation, a board resolution, national ID card or valid passport for signatories and a completed securities trading account opening form.

The new KYC requirements that have been approved by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s Bank Use Promotion and Suppression of Money Laundering Unit, will apply with immediate effect.

Investors were being encouraged to contact their securities dealers or stockbrokers, Chengetedzai Depository Company, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE), the Financial Securities Exchange (Finsec) or the commission for more information on the changes.

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