Ghana Partners With London Stock Exchange to Deepen Capital Markets
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has agreed to cooperate with Ghana to build partnerships, deepen and tighten harmonisation, as well as help develop some of the capital markets infrastructure that can sustain and deepen the financial markets in Ghana.
The agreement was reached when a Ghanaian delegation led by Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, held a joint meeting with the leadership of the LSE, led by Mr Nikhil Rathi, CEO and Director of International Development, LSE.
The deal was reached on the sidelines of the Ghana-UK Business Council Meetings in London on Monday, 25th February, 2019. According to Dr Bawumia, cooperation with the LSE will help facilitate Ghana’s desire to become the financial services hub of Africa.
“Back in Ghana, we are aiming at a Ghana Beyond Aid. This requires that we put together the right economic policies capable of delivering on the Beyond Aid Agenda, our financial systems should be robust enough to support local businesses as well as international investors. We consider cooperating with the LSE as a step in the right direction”, Dr Bawumia indicated.
Mr Nikhil pledged the support of the LSE through its emerging markets office and the African Advisory Group, which was set up specifically to help countries like Ghana realise their ultimate dream of building a robust financial system that can be a key participant in the global capital markets just like the LSE.
A working group to be led by Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and the Emerging Markets Division of the LSE are to see to the effective realisation of the objects of the cooperation agreement.
Recent financial sector reforms and performance of Ghana continues to impress the international financial community, leading to significant interest and investment flows into the country. Last year for instance, Ghana overtook the West African giant, Nigeria in foreign direct investment (FDI) flows.
With such significant strides, Ghana is poised to become the leading financial services hub in Africa. This, however, requires substantial improvements in the existing financial services infrastructure.