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NSE to target Chinese investors to expand market capitalisation

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Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is targeting Chinese investors in order to expand its market capitalization, the bourse’s top official said on Wednesday.

The bourse’s CEO Geoffrey Odundo told Xinhua in Nairobi that the current market capitalisation stands at Ksh 2.4 trillion (US$23 billion).

“We are hoping that by targeting Chinese companies to list on the NSE, we can double our market capitalization by the end of 2019,” said Odundo, who spoke when Kenya Airways listed additional shares at the NSE following a financial restructuring plan that reduced the airline’s debt by approximately Ksh 51.5 billion (US$500 million).

Odundo said that currently 70 percent of the trading at the NSE is dominated by foreign investors from the United States, Europe and South Africa.

“We want to diversify the pool of international investors to include Chinese investors,” he said. The CEO added that NSE is developing products that will appeal to Chinese investors.

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The bourse also plans to conduct a road show in China to showcase the opportunities for Chinese investors at the capital markets.

In order to expand the Sino-Kenya commercial links, Odundo said the bourse has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Odundo said that the agreement is a big milestone achievement as it is meant to attract a new class of investors from the Asian continent.

Under the MoU, there will be sharing of knowledge between the Kenayan and Chinese bourses. “Shanghai Stock Exchange is a well developed capital market that Kenya can learn valuable lessons from,” he added.

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