Demat mandatory for all listed firms from January 15Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon) has said it will make electronic share transactions mandatory for all listed companies from January 15.
Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon) has said it will make electronic share transactions mandatory for all listed companies from January 15.
Currently, only commercial banks’ shares ownership certificates have been dematerialised.
Sebon Chairman Rewat Bahadur Karki said the move was aimed at fully computerising stock trading.
“After carrying out a demat transaction, clearing can be carried out under a fully automated mechanism,” said Karki at a press meet here on Sunday.
The provision, however, is not mandatory for companies that are in merger process or those facing the regulator’s action.
Sebon launched the demat share transaction on April 15, 2014. Although the Central Depository System Bylaws 2012 provisioned implementation of the demat system for all the listed companies within six months after the launch, Sebon has so far failed to do so.
Karki about 83 percent of the shares have already been dematerialised, while the rest (40 companies) are in the process. “Rest of the job will be completed in 2-3 weeks,” he said. Nepal Stock Exchange (Nepse) General Manager Sitaram Thapaliya attributed the delay in the enforcement of the demat system to the requirement of training depository participants, registrars and transfer agents. “The capacity building process delayed the full fledged implementation,” he said.
While the depository participants are liable to open investors’ demat accounts, the registrars and transfer agents are responsible for the verification of signatures for ownership transfers.
However, even in the demat share transaction system, investors are facing various problems due to delays in clearance. CDS and Clearing CEO Dev Prakash Gupta said the delays were due to hassles in signature verification, among other problems.
“As many investors fail to verify their signatures while carrying out trading, the ownership transfers remain pending,” said Gupta.
Meanwhile, Sebon has planned to allow a separate access to investors with physical disabilities, children and women. “In the case of stock brokers that have to deal with a large number of investors, we are planning to manage an additional terminal,” Karki said.