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Kenya, Australia market regulators agree to support fintech innovation

'The CMA has recently commenced efforts towards the establishment of a Regulatory Sandbox structure that is designed to encourage innovation in the capital markets

The CMA has recently commenced efforts towards the establishment of a Regulatory Sandbox structure that is designed to encourage innovation in the capital markets. /File

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21 –  The Capital Markets Authority of Kenya (CMA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have signed a Co-operation Agreement to promote innovation in financial services in both markets.

The agreement was signed in the margins of the Board meeting of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) held in Hong Kong this week.

The agreement sets up a framework for co-operation between the CMA and ASIC in the expanding space of innovation in financial services.

The parties have agreed to share information in their respective markets including on emerging market trends and regulatory issues arising from the growth in innovation.

“We are committed to facilitating innovation in financial services, leveraging Kenya’s positioning in the region as an innovation centre. This however calls for us to assess lessons learned and to compare strategies to balance innovation and regulation with our peer regulators,” said Paul Muthaura, Chief Executive, CMA.

CMA recently commenced efforts towards the establishment of a Regulatory Sandbox structure that is designed to encourage innovation in the capital markets.

Greg Medcraft, Chairman, ASIC, said the commission has developed an Innovation Hub and is keen to share best practices on how to address regulatory issues pertaining to innovation in financial services.

“We are excited to be working closely with CMA. It operates in a jurisdiction that has seen significant fintech innovation growth. Innovation in financial services isn’t confined by national borders. We hope this agreement will help to break down barriers to entry both here and in Kenya.”

“Since ASIC launched its Innovation Hub in 2015, we have seen a surge in requests by fintech start-ups seeking assistance about how to navigate the regulatory requirements,” said Medcraft.

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