NBFIRA�s proposal stifles domestic capital markets � PwC

A proposed horizon to 2050 for local fund managers to scale down offshore investments to a ceiling of 30 percent has the potential to stifle development of domestic capital markets, economic analysts say.

Due to a thin local capital market, regulators currently allow fund managers to invest up to 70 percent of their funds offshore. The Non-Bank Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (NBFIRA) however, hopes to change the law to 70% domestic and 30% offshore by 2050.

In a research report titled, Africa Asset Management 2020, accounting firm PwC said on the back of a stable political environment and a solid regulatory framework, Botswana’s financial sector seems to be well set for growth. However, the report contends that the long timeline under NBFIRA’s proposal coupled with a high wealth distribution inequality in Botswana are two factors that could frustrate the development of the local capital markets.

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