|Formed||1 January 1999|
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) (Urdu: ماموریہ تمسکات و مبادلہ پاکستان) is the financial regulatory agency in Pakistan whose objective is to develop a modern and efficient corporate sector and a capital market based on sound authority principles, in order to encourage investment and foster economic growth and prosperity in Pakistan.
The SECP is a collegiate body with collective responsibility. The operational and executive authority of the SECP is vested in the Chairman who is the SECP's chief executive officer (CEO). The Chairman is assisted by four Commissioners to oversee the working of various operational units as may be determined by him. The SECP has nine company registration offices located at in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Sukkur, Faisalabad, Quetta and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is the successor to the erstwhile Corporate Law Authority (CLA), which was an attached department of the Ministry of Finance. The process of the CLA's restructuring was started in 1997 under the Capital Market Development Plan of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The parliament passed the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, which was promulgated in December 1997. Consequently, the SECP, having an autonomous status, became operational on January 1, 1999. The Act gave the organization the administrative authority and financial autonomy to carry out the reform program for Pakistan's capital market.
The scope of the authority of the SECP has been gradually widened. The insurance sector, non-banking financial companies, and pension funds have been added to the purview of the SECP. Now the SECP's mandate includes investment financial services, leasing companies, housing finance services, venture capital investment, discounting services, investment advisory services, real estate investment trust and asset management services, etc. The SECP also regulates various external service providers that are linked to the corporate sector, like chartered accountants, rating agencies, insurance companies, corporate secretaries and others.
The SECP is divided into the following divisions:
- Adjudication Division
- Licensing and Registration Division
- Insurance Division
- Legal Affairs Division
- Securities Market Division
- Specialized Companies Division
- Supervision Division
- Support Services Division
- Pakistan Inc
- Economy of Pakistan
- Karachi Stock Exchange
- Lahore Stock Exchange
- Islamabad Stock Exchange
- International Financial Reporting Standards
- Securities commission
- List of company registers
- Pakistan Stock Exchange
- List of financial regulatory authorities by jurisdiction
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