International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) – UPSC Prelims

  • The IOSCO is the international organization that brings together the world’s securities regulators, covering more than 95% of the world’s securities markets, and is the global standard setter for the securities sector.
  • IOSCO works closely with the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) in setting up the standards for strengthening the securities markets.
  • The IOSCO Objectives and Principles of Securities Regulation have been endorsed by FSB as one of the key standards for sound financial systems.
  • It was founded in 1983 and is Headquartered in Madrid, Spain.
  • Why in news? The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has become an Associate Member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
  • Benefits of membership of IOSCO:
    • The membership of IOSCO would provide IFSCA the platform to exchange information at the global level and regional level on areas of common interests.
    • Further, the IOSCO platform would enable IFSCA to learn from the experiences and best practices of the regulators of other well established financial centres.