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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

SME Listings at East African Bourses

Small and Medium Enterprises play a vital role in any emerging economy. In Kenya the emergence of microfinance banking has catapulted the growth of SMEs.

East African Exchanges
NSE, DSE and USE collectively the East AfricanExchanges have plans to allow the listing of SMEs through relaxation of the stringent listing requirements that characterise these marts. The tough floatation rules have hindered most SMEs from floation their shares through IPOs.

SME Listings
The listing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) is expected to provide more shares at the market, allowing investors to diversify their investments and help spread liquidity, which has at times distorted the valuation of some shares.The development, which will also be replicated by Kampala and Dar-es-Salaam bourses, will catapult the region into the same level with developed and middle level economies which allow listing for SMEs as a way of enhancing their contribution to the economic growth.

Regional Bourses Agree
The opening up of the regional bourses to SMEs by late 2008 was agreed on by the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania heads of stock exchanges at the East African Securities Exchange Association (EASEA) meeting held in Kampala on September 7. This will spur the trading in the yer to be established over the counter market at these stock exchanges.

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