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SADC Brokers discuss ways to boost cross border trading

SADC Brokers discuss ways to boost cross border trading

9 December 2016 – The Committee of the SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE) hosted its inaugural SADC brokers’ networking session, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) earlier this week.

The session which was attended by SADC brokers was a platform for brokers to meet each other and share information about their respective markets, with the objective of encouraging cross-border trading.

The session was the first step towards the implementation of the CoSSE Interconnectivity Hub Project which aims to enable enterprises to raise the capital across all SADC exchanges. The project would allow the enterprises to raise capital on one exchange, allow investors on one exchange to buy shares seamlessly on other exchanges within the SADC region.

One of the current challenges is that within SADC there is not enough secondary trading for buyers and sellers to get fair prices and desired timing. In addition there are too few issuers and too few opportunities to invest. Once the CoSSE Interconnectivity Hub Project is fully implemented it will combine markets to get more opportunities to invest and more investors.

Vice Chairman of CoSSE and the CEO of the Namibian Stock Exchange Tiaan Bazuin, who oversaw the session said, “The goal of the day was to have all SADC brokers in the same room, with the concept of signing associate agreements. Typically brokers service their local markets and have associate agreements with South African brokers where they trade South African stock, which are more liquid than all other African stocks”.

Now, the idea is to have all SADC brokers signing associate agreements with brokers in each SADC country with the aim of trading each other’s stocks; they would have to share information and allow foreign investors to have a broader range and view of the happenings in other African markets,” he added.

‘’This is the first step towards more harmonisation, regionalisation and integration. It is about how to interconnect markets and how to grow other African markets outside the massive South African markets. Most importantly it will help us to keep African capital in Africa instead of shipping it off overseas,” he added.

CoSSE was established in 1997 as a collective body of the various stock exchanges in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with the objective of increasing market liquidity in the region and enhancing both trading in various securities within the region, and also to encourage the development of a harmonised securities market environment within SADC.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.