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The Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) in partnership with MTN Mobile Money Uganda has launched a digital service to facilitate convenient Securities Central Depository (SCD) account opening, using the MTN Mobile Money platform. 

In a statement, the partners said deal is envisaged to simplify the process of opening an SCD account, which is a requirement for individual investors to participate in the securities market.

While launching the digitized SCD account opening service Paul Bwiso, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Securities Exchange noted that the new digital SCD account opening platform will bolster participation of the everyday Ugandan in the country’s stock market.

He added that the move will allow more people to open their SCD accounts remotely and subsequently be able to invest in any of the companies and debt instruments listed on the USE.

“Since embarking on its digital transformation journey in 2015, USE had been intentional about …

Kenyan equities market reversed the negative trend in the first two weeks of September, with the indices NSE All Share Index (NASI) and NSE-20 Share Index ticking up 9.0% and 8.2%, respectively, on a month-on-month comparison. This could be attributed to the improving business prospects issuing from the second quarter’s deep economic and business strain arising from the containment measures for the Covid-19 pandemic. On a year-to-date (YTD) basis, the NSE-20 and NASI have posted negative returns of 29.3% and 15.4%, respectively.  

Across the market, there have been outstanding performers that bucked the general trend. Absa NewGold ETF (a security whose price is derived from gold commodity price) is up 38.3%. Kenya Airways, currently suspended, edged up 86.8% on a buy-out fueled rally while Eaagads Ltd is up 23.8%. The key index counters are all in negative territory with the key banks – KCB, Equity and Co-operative – sharply lower,