In 2011, the South African Treasury issued a policy document for financial reform that included changes in the institutional arrangements for financial regulation and supervision. These changes can be categorized under three heading: instruction of a Twin Peaks regulatory structure; strengthening financial stability oversight and strengthening coordination and information exchange arrangements.
The South African authorities have established an interim inter-agency Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC) that, when legislated, will be responsible for the oversight of the financial system from a macro prudential perspective.
The South African authorities have adopted a phased and carefully planned approach to the implementation of the OTC derivative regulatory reforms as follows:
The new market reforms clearly state the objective of having a Central Clearing Counterparty to report OTC trades to a Trade Repository as well as centrally manage all OTC transaction to enhance transparency and enable management of systemic risks by regulators.
Dreadnought envisages a true CCP for South Africa that not only utilizes the balance sheets of the institutions participating in this market but includes a foreign counterpart that is globally recognized. Dreadnought hopes that this can enable SA participants to access offshore liquidity as a market related cost and that is less cumbersome than having alternative membership at offshore clearinghouses.
The SA exchange control rules also dictate that prudential limits discourage transactions in foreign currency over a certain threshold.
Establishing an interim inter-agency Financial Stability Oversight Committee
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