The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) meets market participants to present EGX’s efforts for the development of the Egyptian capital market
Posted: Monday, 29 Jul 2019
The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) held a meeting with representatives from the
Egyptian Capital Market Association (ECMA), Egyptian Private Equity Association
(EPEA), and Egyptian Investment Management Association (EIMA) as well a
number of capital market investors to discuss present market performance.
Mohamed Farid, EGX chairman started the meeting by presented EGX’s board
measures taken addressing the value chain elements; the supply side, demand
side as well as the trading and technology environment.
He added that all measures were undertaken to achieve the value chain
objectives. Adding that all decisions were taken after extensive study and after
discussions with market participants. For example, measures taken to activate
the market; cutting circuit breaker trading halt time two times to enhance trading
environment, same day trading, allowing new IPO shares to be added to
specialized activities records once they comply with the required standards, and
introducing new financial products as short selling and market maker. Farid
added that the activation of these new tools is an important role of the
Also the auction system was reviewed with market participants through a
comparative study with the other markets, such study aimed to increase the
turnover ratio increasing securities trading.
From the supply side, he stated that "our primary goal is to raise the quality and
efficiency of disclosure”. Adding that a new department dedicated to analyze
corporate financials with the aim of enhancing disclosures will ensure that the
investor obtains credible information.
In addition, a new system named CRM “client relation management" has
been launched in order to identify the companies from various economic sectors
that are illegible to list in EGX, as well as inform them of its advantages. EGX
management was able to contact more than 150 companies in this context.
From the demand side, Farid stressed on the importance of communication as a
vital element in the progress of the Egyptian capital market. He added
that the EGX website has been developed. Similarly, he further highlighted the
upgrade of the workshops and educational lectures conducted for university
students and employees, which are the key channels of communications with the
public. Moreover, it was stated that EGX’s management played a vital role in the
settlement of disputes, such as the Global Telecom dispute case.
Farid concluded that EGX is always keen to cooperate with all market participants
for the development of the Egyptian market.
For their part, participants in this meeting stated that the timing was very
important to discuss all raised issues and review efforts of EGX in the
development of the market.