By Adedapo Adesanya A grant worth $400,000 has been granted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). The financing package was approved to allow the apex capital market regulator in Nigeria to strengthen securities market regulation and broaden market instruments. The funds will go towards strengthening the risk-based supervision framework, regulation of derivatives and green bonds, and build capacity for green finance. The grant will be sourced from the Capital Markets Development Trust Fund, a multi-donor fund administered by the regional lender. Speaking on the agreement at the virtual signing, Mr Lamido Yuguda, the Director-General of SEC, said, \u201cThis collaboration further underscores our mutual goal to grow our markets and create viable avenues for sustainable economic development for Nigeria and the region." The grant is aligned with the priorities of the bank\u2019s country strategy for Nigeria, which envisages measures to stimulate capital market development to unlock financial resources for productive sector investments, infrastructure development and private sector growth. On his part, Mr Lamin Barrow, Senior Director of the bank\u2019s Nigeria Country Department, noted the urgency of the implementation of the project. \u201cAt a time when countries are striving to build back better from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, improvement of the enabling regulatory and supervision framework will boost domestic resource mobilisation efforts and leverage private sector contributions to achieve a greener, more environmentally sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic recovery,\u201d Mr Barrow said. Adding his input, Mr Oscar Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), thanked both the AfDB and SEC \u201cfor this historic event and partnership, to build in-house capacity at SEC, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, issuers and investors in the sustainable finance space, which will help to meet climate finance commitments in Nigeria.\u201d The project is expected to support the implementation of the SEC\u2019s Nigeria Capital Market Master Plan 2015-2025 and its vision to position Nigeria\u2019s capital market as a competitive and attractive destination for portfolio investments.