BoP becomes market maker for debt securities on PSX

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Staff Reporter

Karachi

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) held a Gong Ceremony to welcome Bank of Punjab (BOP) on-board as a Market Maker for debt securities on PSX. An agreement was signed between PSX and BOP today at PSX Trading Hall whereby BOP becomes the first bank to be recognised as Market Maker for both conventional and Shariah Compliant debt instruments on PSX. The agreement was signed between Mr. Farrukh H. Khan, MD & CEO, Pakistan Stock Exchange, and Mr. Zafar Masud, President & CEO, Bank of Punjab. Also present at the ceremony was the BOP Group Head of Treasury and FIs, Mr. Khawar Ansari, and senior management of both the organizations.
Bank of Punjab, a prominent commercial bank of Pakistan, now becomes a designated Market Maker for debt securities on Pakistan Stock Exchange. This development is in-line with the notification issued by the SECP which allows banks to act as Market Makers for debt securities.
On this occasion, Mr. Farrukh Khan, the CEO of PSX, said, “I am very happy to welcome Mr. Zafar Masud and BOP to PSX. It is indicative of their commitment to the development of Pakistan’s capital markets that BOP is one of the first banks to become a market maker on PSX. We welcome this development as this will lead to increased growth and dynamism in the debt market, which is crucial for the economic progress of Pakistan”.
He further stated, “It is imperative for all stakeholders of our financial ecosystem to take Pakistan’s debt market to regional and international levels and we believe this step will play a significant role towards achieving that end. We are also in discussions with BOP to bring some of their SME clients to list on the new GEM board. This will also be an important development for Pakistan’s economy, the SME sector and PSX”.
The CEO of Bank of Punjab, Mr. Zafar Masud, added, “Today marks an important day for us. The Bank of Punjab will be the first bank in Pakistan Market Making for both conventional and Shariah Compliant securities as well as corporate debt instruments at the PSX portal.
This makes us the first public sector bank offering a bouquet of services in collaboration with PSX”. He further stated, “We see our role expanding beyond a Market Maker for Debt Securities.