ISLAMABAD-The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with five leading universities to promote financial literacy among youth.

SECP’s Commissioner Investor Education Department, Shaukat Hussain inked the MoUs, while universities were represented by their respective Vice Chancellors, Registrars and Directors. These HEC recognised universities included University of Balochistan, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, University of Wah, Forman Christian University Lahore and University of Malakand. Including these five MOUs, SECP’s total number of active MOUs with various institutions under its investor education program ‘Jamapunji’ reached 51, giving it leverage of an ever increasing network of partners for spreading investor awareness.

Talking at the occasion, Shaukat Hussain emphasised on the importance of collaborative efforts between the regulator and the educational sector to enable a more aware and responsible financial ecosystem in Pakistan.

He mentioned SECP’s efforts leading to 28 places jump in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, making Pakistan among the top 10 countries with the most improved business climate. He lauded each of these universities for their established Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORICs), which encourage and facilitate aspiring student entrepreneurs. The commissioner apprised participants of SECP’s dedicated Start-up Portal and ongoing collaboration with various National Incubation Centers across Pakistan.

He informed participants that SECP is member of HEC’s National Curriculum Revision Committees (NCRC) and providing due input in improving ‘ Economics’ and ‘ Business Administration’ tertiary level curricula. He was of the view that a curricula with components of capital markets, insurance sector and basics of financial literacy would help in producing astute entrepreneurs. The representatives appreciated SECP’s efforts for cultivating financial literacy. Under the MoU, SECP will be holding regular seminars at universities on a continuing basis to impart knowledge to students on the basics of savings, financial planning, investing and capital markets. Visiting university delegates committed to extending their full support through their vast network of colleges and campuses, radio channels, faculty resources, infrastructure and premises, information exchange etc., to make meaningful impact hand in hand with SECP.