SEC, CSE sign MOU with DRP to obtain digital verification of NIC details

Sep 21, 2020 (LBO) – Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) embarked on a progressive national digital initiative by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commissioner General, Department for Registration of Persons (DRP).

This will enable the CSE and the Central Depository Systems (CDS) to obtain digital verification of the National Identity Card (NIC) details available with the DRP when a person wishes to open a CDS account via the CSE digital App, based on the consent obtained from the ID cardholder. The feature of obtaining consent is also built into the App.

This was part of the initiative to digitalize the end-to-end operations of the Sri Lankan Stock Market, which was launched by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 17th September 2020.

The system to digitally verify the particulars of an ID card holder is supported by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA).

This is the first time this verification process with the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has been made available based on the provisions of the Registration of Persons Act read with the Regulations made under the Electronic Transactions Act No. 19 of 2006.

L-R: Rajeeva Bandaranaike – Chief Executive Officer CSE, Dilshan Wirasekara – Board Director CSE, Jayantha Fernando – Board Director CSE, Dumith Fernando – Chairman CSE, Viyani Gunathilaka – Commissioner General DRP, Viraj Dayaratne PC – Chairman SEC, Chinthaka Mendis – Director General SEC and Naresh Abeyesekera – Commission Member SEC