Kenya bourse eases capital repatriation for investors

Tuesday April 02 2024
Nairobi Securities Exchange.

The trading floor at the Nairobi Securities Exchange. PHOTO | NMG


Kenya's Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) on Tuesday said it has made it easy for institutional investors to repatriate capital from the country.

The NSE said that it has cleared reported delays in its ability to facilitate the investors to repatriate capital from Kenya, enabling it to receive an upgrade on its classification from "restricted" to "pass" by the Financial Times and Stock Exchange (FTSE) Russell Index Governance Board.

"We are delighted by the reclassification, which is a testament to the continued improvement in Kenya's equity market and a demonstration of the confidence international institutional investors are placing in our market," NSE Acting Chief Executive David Wainaina said in a statement issued in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

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The NSE has been bearish for the last year with foreign investors exiting the market and pushing market capitalisation, which measures investors' wealth to $13.6 billion, down from a high of $15.1 billion at the end of 2022.


Foreign investors normally account for over 60 percent of trading at the NSE.