Rule Making

June 18, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s securities regulator has finalized rules to allow exchange traded funds (ETFs) with Indian help, and the final document is expected to be given legal effect within two months, an official said. “Within the next two months, regulations to enable ETFs to be traded in the Colombo Stock Exchange will be gazetted,” director general of Sri Lanka’s Securities and Exchange Commission, Malik Cader told a forum on capital market development.

Draft rules can be published in the government’s gazette to give the legal effect under Sri Lanka’s securities law.

Cader said the draft rules were now with Sri Lanka’s legal draftman’s office and they would be gazette as soon they document comes back.

Cader said India’s Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) which helped with the ETF rules was also assisting Sri Lanka’s stock exchange to set up a central counter party.

A team from Sri Lanka’s SEC, Colombo Stock Exchange and the office of the legal draftman was also visiting India next month to study and understand procedures in India, he said.

ETFs, a type of collective fund, are usually not actively managed but tracks the performance of indices, or bonds or commodities like gold.