State Committee for Securities (Azerbaijan)
|Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası Qiymətli Kağızlar üzrə Dövlət Komitəsi|
Coat of Arms of Azerbaijan
|Formed||November 19, 2008|
|Headquarters||19 Bulbul Avenue, Baku, Azerbaijan Republic 1000|
The State Committee for Securities of Azerbaijan Republic (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası Qiymətli Kağızlar üzrə Dövlət Komitəsi) is a governmental agency within the Cabinet of Azerbaijan in charge of regulation of activities in securities market, protecting rights and interests of investors, shareholders and other owners of securities in Azerbaijan Republic. The committee is headed by Rufat Aslanli.
Establishment of securities market in Azerbaijan dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. In the first decades of the century, banks in Baku issued promissory notes and interest bearing securities which were used during sale transactions and as a form of IOUs. Usage of promissory notes was widely developed during the existence of Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. The first shares in the country were issued by the Baku Trade Bank. Among the main shareholders of the bank were the chairman of board of directors, Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev, Shamsi Asadullayev, Musa Naghiyev, Murtuza Mukhtarov and others. After establishment of Soviet rule in Azerbaijan, the usage of notes was banned. With restoration of independence of Azerbaijan, establishment of securities market was one of the main priorities of the government. On July 26, 1999 Presidential Decree on "On Providing the Activity of State Committee for Securities under the auspices of the President of Azerbaijan Republic" formally established an agency under the office of President of Azerbaijan overseeing organized securities market in the country. Since the inception, the committee has undertaken several important reforms on transparency of processing the security markets, adopted acts restricting potential risks in the markets to the minimal level, protecting rights of investors to comply with international standards. On February 15, 2000 the committee supported establishment of Baku Stock Exchange (BSE). Baku Stock Exchange is made up from 18 big banks and financial institutions, with Istanbul Stock Exchange being among them. The first trading operation at the stock exchange was carried out on September 1, 2000. On November 19, 2008 Presidential Decree No. 52 established State Committee for Securities.
The committee is headed by its chairman, first deputy chairman and two deputy chairmen. It consists of Department of Securities Issue and Registration, Department of Regulation of the Debt Market and Registration of Pledge Operations, Department of Regulation of Securities Turnover, Department of Regulation of Securities Infrastructure, Department of Development and Monitoring of the Securities Market, Department of Law Personnel and Recruitment, Department for Personnel Training, General Department, Department of Information and Public Relations, Accounts Department and General Service Department. Main functions of the committee are regulating activities in the securities market, organization and development markets, creating favorable investment conditions; creating and maintaining an environment for healthy and fair competition in the securities market; protecting rights of participants, investors and shareholders, preparation of licensing rules for professional activities in the securities market, etc.