FOCUS ON: IFIE/IOSCO 2010 CONFERENCE
FEATURE: AFIE REGIONAL MEETING AND CONFERENCE
INVESTOR EDUCATION AROUND THE GLOBE
IFIE MEMBER PROFILE
There are clear signs that the global economic
recovery is starting to take hold, although it seems to be an uneven
recovery with a chance of a 'double dip' or a relapse. In any event, it
appears that governments around the globe are starting to get focused
on longer term issues. This provides a huge opportunity for
investor/financial literacy efforts to garner attention and to raise
funds to support the recovery.
We at the International Forum for Investor Education
(IFIE) are beginning to plot a new course by enhancing the recognition
that investor education is part of the solution. We are beginning to
update our draft letter to the G20 on the importance of investor
education. We will plan to send a letter to the G20 after approaching
IOSCO to determine if they have an interest in sending a joint letter.
IFIE has been extremely busy during the last quarter.
Planning is underway for the next IFIE/IOSCO Global Investor Education
Conference, which will be held 8-9 November 2010 in Egypt. The
Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, which is both an IFIE and an
IOSCO member, is the local host for this global event. More details
will be forthcoming shortly. Please hold the date on your calendar!
I was thrilled to attend two great milestone events
for IFIE, the formal creation of two Regional Subcommittees. The Asia
Forum for Investor Education (AFIE) was created in early February
during a successful two-day event held on 2 and 3 February in Seoul,
South Korea. Thirty organizations from across Asia attended the
meeting. Mr. Kun Ho Hwang, chairman of KOFIA and the Korea Council for
Investor Education, was elected chairman of the AFIE Regional
Subcommittee. KOFIA has been the driving force in organizing this new
Regional Subcommittee of IFIE and will act as its Secretariat.
As I am writing this letter, I am returning from a terrific inaugural meeting of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) IFIE Regional Subcommittee. The meeting was held on the 15-16 March 2010.
Over 300 people from across the MENA region attended the first day
followed by a second day for just MENA IFIE members. Dr. Ahmed Saad,
senior advisor to the Egyptian Financial Services Authority (EFSA)
chairman, was elected chairman of the IFIE MENA Regional Subcommittee.
EFSA pioneered the Regional Subcommittee concept with IFIE and has been
the driving force in establishing the new MENA IFIE. EFSA will also
operate as its Secretariat.
These two meetings have displayed the powerful bond
that can be created through common cultural, language and geographic
interests. IFIE believes that the partnership of strong regional
bonding coupled with global access to information and ideas will
dramatically accelerate investor education programmes across the globe.
As a result we hope to create additional Regional Subcommittees as we go
forward. If any of you have an interest in spear heading a new
Regional Subcommittee, please let me know.
IFIE is also excited to release the results of its
first "Global Investor Education Survey" in April. One of the key
points from the survey is that most respondents plan to maintain or
expand their current level of investor education spending. We believe
that it is critical in the face of tight funding to find funding as we
continue the process of recovering from the global financial crisis. We
believe that investor education can play a major role in restoring
investor trust and confidence in the economy and markets.
International Forum for Investor Education
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The third joint investor education conference of IFIE
and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
will be held 8-9 November 2010 in Cairo, Egypt and will be sponsored by
the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority. The 2010 IFIE/IOSCO
investor education conference follows the organizations' successful
gatherings in 2007 in Madrid and 2009 in Washington, D.C.
This will be an unique opportunity to learn from and
network with the world's leading experts on investor education. Start
making plans today to attend this essential gathering for all
professionals dealing with investor education matters!
Conference attendees will be limited and advance registration is strongly recommended. Early-bird conference rates and other registration details will be posted shortly on http://www.ifie.org/2010conference.
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IFIE is proud to support the newly-formed Asia Forum for the newly formed AFIE IFIE Regional Subcommittee.
AFIE held a very successful General Meeting and
International Seminar on Investor Education from 3-4 February 2010 in
Seoul, South Korea. A total of 50 delegates from 30 organizations in 20
jurisdictions attended the General Meeting on 3 February, where the
AFIE charter and IFIE regional proposal was unanimously approved.
The seminars on 4 February brought in 300 attendees.
KOFIA Chairman Hwang was elected chairman of AFIE for a two-year period.
Advisory Committee members of AFIE include KOFIA, JSDA, Taiwan
Securities Association, The Association of Capital Market Intermediary
Institutions of Turkey, and Association of National Stock Exchange
Members of India. News agencies from across Asia covered the event.
To learn more about the AFIE conference, go to http://www.afie.asia/AFIE2010.html.
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SIAS (Securities Investors Association of Singapore)
a non-profit organization, was founded unexpectedly in June 1999.
174,000 retail investors were suddenly stranded when the Malaysian
Government froze their investments on Malaysian stocks in September
1998, amounting to US$5 billion. A group of civic-minded citizens got
together and took on the challenge to free the frozen shares with an
initial backing by 49,880 retail investors as members. The resoluteness
and unity of these citizens helped to resolve the issue on their terms.
Today, SIAS is the largest organized investor lobby
group in Asia, with almost 66,000 retail investors as members. It is run
by a Management Committee comprising of professionals who are
volunteers. It actively promotes Investor Education, Corporate
Transparency and Corporate Governance and is the watchdog for Investor
rights. To date, SIAS has successfully organized some 230 investor
education programmes ranging from basic investment seminars for novices
to certificate courses for investment savvy investors. Thus far, about
20,000 retail investors have benefited from these programmes.
The Capital Market Authority of Oman
was established by Royal Decree 80/98 dated November 9th, 1998. It is
the governmental authority responsible for organizing and overseeing the
issue and trading of securities in the Sultanate. The same decree also
established the Muscat Securities Market (MSM, an exchange where all
listed securities shall be traded. Royal Decree 82/98 dated November
25th, 1998, also established the Muscat Depository and Securities
Registration Company, provided for the establishment of a closed joint
stock company as the sole provider, in the Sultanate, of the services of
registration and transfer of ownership of securities and safe keeping
of ownership documents (depository). Thus the securities industry in
Oman was well established to develop confidence in investors by
developing and improving all the process related to the stock market. As
a continuing process in the development of the securities market, the
Capital Market Authority has developed its website to provide
information and financial data related to the performance of the Muscat
Securities Market and all listed companies directly to investors. This
will not only ensure transparency of activities which is considered one
of the main principles of a well organized market, but will also support
the market by encouraging investors to make the right investment
decision at the right time. The site also includes investor education
such as shareholder's rights, an FAQ on investing and the market, and
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TWSE (Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp.)
was established in 1961, and has been the primary equities market in
Taiwan. TWSE has enjoyed a reputation for having maintained an orderly
market and a cost-effective trading capability since its inception. The
fully computerized trading system has helped boost the trading capacity
and efficiency of the stock market. Computer and information safety is
vital to TWSE, and it has been awarded an ISO9001 quality system
certificate for its computer system, and received ISO27001 certification
for its IT Security Management System. TWSE has implemented many reform
measures in the past few years in order to bring it in line with
international practice, and to better reflect investors' diversified
needs. The Taiwanmarket is set to continue making progress towards
liberalization and internationalization. For investors both inside and
outside of Taiwan, the TWSE provides a "Guide to Investing in Taiwan,"
which is a primer including background and details about investing
within Taiwan. For details about securities trading, securities
listing, margin trading, broker management, securities lending and
clearing and settlement, investors are provided with an FAQ on the TWSE
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