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Diaspora Information

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) was set up in 1989 as a statutory agency under the Capital Markets Act Cap 485A. It is charged with the prime responsibility of both regulating and developing an orderly, fair and efficient capital markets in Kenya with the view to promoting market integrity and investor confidence.

The Authority mission is to make Kenya’s capital market the premier choice for investors and issuers through robust regulation, supporting innovation and enhanced investor protection. This mission will be achieved through the adoption of dynamic and evolving capital markets regulation, proactive development practices and outcome-based actions designed to ensure that the Kenyan market will be positioned to compete with the best globally.
The Authority continue to partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the implementation of the diaspora policy including hosting of diaspora conferences. In doing this, it leverages on social media to host live conferences to better utilize its resources. This is expected to be impactful given the level of diaspora inflows that are mostly invested in direct real estate investments.
It’s in this regard we have put together some investor education and public awareness information that you may find useful as an investor living in the diaspora. This information is aimed at helping you access content and links to information that is critical to making informed choices on opportunities available for investment the Kenyan Capital Markets.

  1. Intermediaries with online trading platforms The following licensed intermediaries by CMA have online trading platforms where you can register and begin buying and selling securities online:
  2. Recent Development: The following are some of the recent developments in the Capital markets industry in Kenya:
  3. News and Publications:
  4. Useful links:
    • Capital Markets Information toolkit – This is a guide to the investors seeking information and guidance on investing in the Capital Markets.
    • KenInvest Authority – This is a link to the Kenya Investment Authority website whose core mandate is to promote investment in Kenya.
    • CBK Invest – This is the Central Bank of Kenya Investment section web page. It gives information on investment in government securities such as Treasury Bills and Bonds.
    • M-akiba – This is a retail infrastructure bond aimed at enhancing financial inclusion. It’s entirely mobile with the minimum amount being Ksh. 3,000 and subsequent trades in multiples of Ksh. 500.
    • Ibuka – This is an incubator and acceleration programme for companies interested in listing in the NSE.