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Debt Securities

CSCS launches Regconnect, seeks improved capital market efficiency 

The Nigeria Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc has introduced Regconnect, an easy-to-use information exchange web application.

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CSCS launches Regconnect, seeks improved capital market efficiency 

The Nigeria Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc has introduced Regconnect, an easy-to-use information exchange web application to enhance the relationship between company registrars and clearinghouse and improve capital market efficiency.

According to The Nation, the Managing Director, CSCS Plc, Mr Haruna Jalo-Waziri disclosed that the new application was to strategically automate and improve operational efficiency in the Nigerian capital market. The application was developed having reviewed CSCS’ operations and methods of interaction with registrars.

Regconnect, according to Mr Jalo-Waziri, will allow registrars process data, unlike the previous solution that only connects with CSCS through a data exchange application and doesn’t process data. The application will aid daily processes concerning the maintenance of registers, with immediate validation of all data being submitted to ensure the accuracy of records, in less time.

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However, Regconnect provides greater efficiency for the capital market; the application would automate interactions and improve CSCS’ connection with the registrars’ community.

Usage of the Regconnect platform comes at no cost to all registrars. It is an advanced replacement for the data exchange platform currently in use. It allows seamless integration with Registrar’s live data by offering end-to-end and system-to-system data exchange between CSCS and registrars,” Jalo-Waziri said.

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Meanwhile, according to the Chief Executive Officer, First Registrars and Investor Services Limited and President, Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ICMR), Mr. Bayo Olugbemi, the introduction of Regconnect to the Nigerian capital market was a welcome development as the solution will reduce processing time, enable swift communication between registrars and CSCS, as well as enhance seamless data transmission.

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Mr Olugbemi disclosed that Regconnect would give registrars total control by offering an entity-based operational structure where each entity manages its access rights and operations, in addition to the ability to validate data right from their offices. He praised the collaborative effort, noting the fact that the solution comes at no additional cost to the registrars and issuers.

The data exchange application and Regconnect solution are being run on a parallel deployment until December 2019, when total switch over to Regconnect will occur.

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DMO reveals what infrastructure Sukuk Fund is financing

The Debt Management Office revealed that Sukuk funding is currently rehabilitating the Outer Marina Road in Lagos.

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The Debt Management Office revealed that Sukuk funding is currently rehabilitating the Outer Marina Road which is a major road connecting Lagos Island to Victoria Island, Falomo and Ikoyi.

The DMO disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday evening.

“While the Outer Marina Road is a major artery on its own, It will also be instrumental to easing the traffic in Lagos during the repair of Falomo Bridge. Thanks to the SUKUK, we are able to rebuild Nigeria one infrastructure at a time,” it said.

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What you should know 

The Debt Management Office (DMO) announced last month that it listed its third sovereign Sukuk, N162.557bn 7-year 11.200% AL Ijarah Sovereign Sukuk due 2027, on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the FMDQ Securities Exchange.

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FG moves to issue Eurobonds, to select advisers through open bid

The amount to be raised is expected to be within the external borrowing plans for 2021.

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Debt Management Office resumes FGN savings bond offer on August 10, Eurobonds, Patience Oniha, DMO, External debt servicing

The Federal Government has concluded plans to issue Eurobonds for 2021 and is going to pick advisers to the transaction through an open bid process.

The amount to be raised is expected to be within the external borrowing plans for 2021. The Federal Government in 2021 plans to raise $6.14 billion (N2.34 trillion) from foreign sources.

This disclosure was made by the Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Patience Oniha, during a chat with Reuters on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The Federal Government, who had earlier planned a Eurobond issue early last year after its sixth sale in 2018 where it raised $2.86 billion, deferred such plans due to the disruptions caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The DMO boss at an investors conference with the Federal Government put together by Citibank, last year, said that the Federal Government had no plans to source debt from Eurobond in 2020 as it is going to shift its focus to domestic borrowing and sourcing from concessionary sources.

Earlier this year, Nigeria reduced its external borrowings in a new debt strategy after it redeemed its 6.75% $500 million Eurobond in January with Oniha saying that the DMO was monitoring international markets for new issues by frontier countries.

What you should know

  • Ghana had some time last week raised $3 billion from Eurobonds, a year after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted economic activities globally.
  • This will be a huge boost for Nigeria especially at a time the Federal Government is still struggling to get approval for the $1.5 billion loan from the World Bank due to issues on currency reforms.
  • The Institute of International Finance had said it expected African governments to return to capital markets this year to sell bonds as investors embrace more risk.

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