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International Organization of Securities Commissions / Africa and Middle East Regional Committee (IOSCO/AMERC)



IOSCO is an association the world’s securities and futures market regulators. Members are typically the Securities Commission or the main financial regulator from each jurisdiction. IOSCO has members from over 100 different jurisdictions, which regulate more than 95 percent of the world’s securities markets. The organizations´ role is to assist its members to promote high standards of regulation and act as a forum for national regulators to cooperate with each other and other international organizations. IOSCO is structured into a number of committees that meet several times per year at different locations around the world and it has a permanent secretariat based in Madrid. The Africa Middle East Regional Committee is the relevant regional committee for African jurisdictions.


IOSCO’s main objectives are to assist its members to:

  • Cooperate in developing, implementing and promoting adherence to internationally recognized and consistent standards of regulation, oversight and enforcement in order to protect investors, maintain fair, efficient and transparent markets, and seek to address systemic risk
  • Enhance investor protection and promote investor confidence in the integrity of securities markets, through strengthened information exchange and cooperation in enforcement against misconduct and in supervision of markets and market intermediaries
  • Exchange information at both global and regional levels on their respective experiences in order to assist the development of markets, strengthen market infrastructure and implement appropriate regulation