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Canadian Securities Exchange signs MOU with Jamaica Stock Exchange

Richard Carleton, CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) and Marlene Street Forrest, executive director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to expand the partnership between the two exchange platforms.

Jamaica Stock Exchange

 The arrangement was announced in a press release shared on Yahoo! Finance yesterday. The MOU facilitates co-operation and sharing of information between the two exchanges in order to enhance the respective markets for the benefit of all participants.

Under the partnership, the CSE and the JSE will evaluate numerous opportunities to strengthen ties. For instance, the exchanges will seek to facilitate market access for issuers looking to cross-list their shares and reach a larger investor base, and for investors seeking to trade securities on the respective exchanges.

The Canadian Securities Exchange and the Jamaica Stock Exchange have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the partnership between the two exchange platforms.

The CSE is a rapidly-growing stock exchange focused on working with entrepreneurs to access the public capital markets in Canada and internationally. The exchange’s efficient operating model, advanced technology and low fee structure help companies of all sizes minimise their cost of capital and maximise access to liquidity.

The CSE also fosters positive working relationships with issuers, providing superior responsiveness to their specific needs. It offers investors in Canada and abroad access to a multi-sector stable of growth companies through a liquid, reliable and highly regulated trading platform. The exchange strongly supports entrepreneurship and has established itself as a leading hub for discourse in the entrepreneurial community.

“Like the CSE, it is characterised by strong growth, excellent oversight and a track record of fostering successful companies. The Jamaican economy is also strong, and we believe our market participants will benefit from increased access to the country.”

– Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Stock Exchange, Richard Carleton

The CSE has more than 500 listings and offers trading services for Canadian-listed securities. Its issuers, which are active in diverse industries such as cannabis, technology and mining, have raised more than C$4.3 billion in the last 12 months. The exchange was founded in 2004 and has corporate offices in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The JSE is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. It has been the top-performing stock market in the world over the last 12 months, according to Bloomberg, with a gain of 35 per cent. Its issuers have a cumulative market capitalisation of approximately J$1.5 trillion (equivalent to C$14 billion). The JSE is recognised for its strong regulation and governance standards and for providing a fair, efficient and transparent market for all participants.

The Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada. (Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We are delighted to form this working relationship with the JSE, an outstanding stock exchange with a long and distinguished history,” said Richard Carleton, Chief Executive Officer of the CSE. “Like the CSE, it is characterised by strong growth, excellent oversight and a track record of fostering successful companies. The Jamaican economy is also strong, and we believe our market participants will benefit from increased access to the country.”

“The CSE has established itself as a leading stock market for entrepreneurial companies, and we expect this partnership to bring tremendous benefits,” said Ian McNaughton, chairman of the JSE. “In particular, we are excited about opportunities in the cannabis industry, in which the CSE is a global leader. Jamaica has no public cannabis companies yet, but our country has a licensed medical cannabis regime and our citizens are knowledgeable about the industry. CSE companies could receive a tremendous benefit from being cross-listed on the JSE, and we believe Jamaican investors will be eager to seek cannabis opportunities on the CSE.”

Today, the CSE, JSE and other market participants are hosting a seminar in Kingston, Jamaica for local investment dealers and companies focused on the cannabis sector. They will be provided with information about listing shares on the CSE and raising capital in Canada. The CSE and JSE expect to hold more joint events in the future as ties between the two exchanges are strengthened through the MOU.