New partnership to boost local bourse

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Representatives of SECC and Golden Fortune at the signing ceremony Friday. Supplied

A new agreement signed Friday between the market regulator and a derivate brokerage firm aims to promote growth in the local stock market, which now has just five listed companies.

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The Securities Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) and Golden Fortune, a licensed brokerage firm, signed the memorandum of understanding last week to promote the development of the stock market and contribute to the implementation of government policies that will reduce the risk posed by fluctuations in the price of agricultural commodities, according to the press release.

The agreement also aims to “increase exports, attract foreign investment, as well as to promote the standard and quality of Cambodian products for the economic development of Cambodia.”

Sou Socheat, SECC’s director general, said at a workshop in April that the derivative trading sector has improved notably since its launch two years ago.

SECC now has the authority to regulate central counterparty clearing house (CCPs) and derivative brokers, he said, adding that derivative trading in the kingdom continues to mature as traders become more acquainted with the market.

“The attitude of traders has changed remarkably with regards to risk and to the legal framework,” Mr Socheat said. “Before they didn’t understand the market well, but this has changed. They now know what the risks are and how to manage them.”

There are now four CPPs and 11 derivatives brokers in the local derivatives market.

The Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) on Monday announced that it will be organising Cambodia’s first-ever forum of listed companies in September, a platform that will connect investors with senior executives from each company traded on the local bourse.

Soleil Lamun, director of the Listing and Disclosure Department at CSX, said the forum will bring publicly traded companies and investors closer.

“Representatives of listed companies will present on the activities of the companies, their performance, and future plans. This will allow public investors to know more about the companies.

“More importantly, public investors will also have the opportunity to ask questions, give feedback, and make any request to the listed companies,” he said, adding that promoting the interaction between these two central actors will generate trust, increase liquidity and, ultimately, boost the stock market.

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