The Capital Market Authority, Rwanda (CMA Rwanda) announced on Thursday during the launch of the CISI market certification programme that it has formed a partnership with the Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa) and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) to launch a qualifications-led licensing programme in the Rwandan capital market industry, to enhance and promote professional standards in the securities and investment industry in Rwanda. CMA Rwanda partnered also with the UKAID funded Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD Africa) to strengthen Rwanda’s Capital Markets through the Africa Regulator Support Programme; a continent-wide initiative designed to strengthen the continent’s capital market regulators to reach international standards. In 2017, FSD Africa partnered with the not-for-profit, global professional body the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) to deliver skills development for capital markets professionals across Rwanda. Through the programme, capital market professionals across the country are making use of a training programme which will help them build their skills and knowledge. To date, over 250 students have been trained and certified through partnership with the University of Rwanda (College of Business and Economics) and an additional 250 expected to complete certification by April 2019. In addition and through the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa Regulator Support Programme in Rwanda, FSD Africa will fund an institutional capacity assessment to strengthen CMA Rwanda’s operations, a critical step in enhancing the regulatory body’s operations to ensure it has the capacity to lead implementation of the Capital Market Master Plan successfully. While giving her key note address during the launch, Dr. Claudine Uwera, Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning commented: “In Rwanda, capital market development is a key element of the country’s National Strategy for Transformation (NST 1) to develop the capital market and increase dynamism in line with the ten-year capital market master plan. This will entail identifying, attracting and exploiting new sources of financing such as: green bonds, municipal bonds, crowdfunding, and venture capital funds among others.” Speaking during the event, the Board of Directors Vice-Chairperson of the Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority, Eric Rwigamba noted that: “We are partnering with FSD Africa and CISI to develop a special relationship to support capital market practitioners to advance their knowledge and promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the securities and investment industry in Rwanda and the region to efficiently direct the flow of savings and investment in the economy in ways that facilitate the accumulation of capital to boost the country’s development.” Also during the same event, Sarah Metcalf, Rwanda Country Director for the UK Department for International Development commented: “We congratulate Rwanda, CMA and African financial sector development programmes on their partnership in support of Rwanda’s Capital Market Master Plan implementation. Gradual development and uptake of capital market products is vital since it will help to unlock domestic and international long-term investment and direct it to where it is needed most. This will help to fuel growth and additional finance for the implementation of Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation.” Evans Osano the Director, financial markets at FSD Africa said it is a good thing for Rwanda and many players in the industry are going to benefit a lot from the programme. “A lot of efforts have been put into developing the capital market here in Rwanda and I believe this programme is going to benefit many people in the Rwandan capital market industry, plus it is going to enhance and promote professional standards in the securities and investment industry in Rwanda” said Osano. CMA Rwanda is the fourth capital market regulator to join the Africa Regulator Support Programme which began in September 2018. FSD Africa will implement the programme in a further seven markets including; Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.