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SEC wants sustained green investments in capital market

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The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has reiterated the need to facilitate the issuance of green bonds and sustainable investments in the country’s capital market.
The Director-General of SEC, Lamido Yuguda, said this in a statement issued by the Commission in Abuja on Thursday, during the Environmental, Social and Governance, ESG, webinar.

The theme of the Webinar Is entitled: ‘Unlocking Value Through ESG Investing organised by the CFA Society Nigeria.’

The D-G said the issuance of the green bond would go a long way to assist in financing solar energy and other environmental friendly infrastructure.

He said that beyond the Federal Government and corporate issuers, sub-nationals could also take advantage of the growing appetite for issuance of bonds to finance relevant environment-friendly projects.

The director-general said that revenue generating projects with reasonable social impact would be financed.

“Companies will also need to continuously disclose relevant information on their adoption of ESG principles.

“Such information will be critical for investing public to make informed decisions about available investment choices and guide their asset allocation.

“Another important step in the journey of promoting sustainable investment principles is the development of robust sustainability ratings and indices to track companies’ ESG performance.

“It will also simplify for investors and other stakeholders the process of analysing information disclosed by issuers on sustainable finance,” he explained.

The director-general appealed to issuers, governments and corporates, regulators, exchanges and other stakeholders to collaborate more to develop and issue necessary instruments to attract additional foreign capital into the country.

He assured that the Commission would be willing to collaborate with the Society on ESG and other relevant issues.

President of the CFA Society, Nigeria, Ibikun Oyedeji, said the webinar was organised in continuation of the society’s mandate of promoting global best practices for the investment industry.

Mr Oyedeji said the engagement during the webinar session would also serve as a stimulus to advocate and promote awareness in the country and Africa for the incorporation of environmental, social and government factors in business decisions.

CFA Society Nigeria is a member of CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that promotes the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence.


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