The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) will celebrate its seventh annual World Investor Week (WIW), from 2 to 8 October 2023, although participating jurisdictions may choose any other week in October and/or November to conduct their WIW-related activities.
As reflected in the IOSCO WIW Public Report 2022, published today, the participation of different jurisdictions, in both developed and emerging-market regions, keeps increasing. Hence, notwithstanding the challenging conditions experienced during the global pandemic, the number of WIW participating jurisdictions and stakeholders increased in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 campaigns, underscoring the need for financial education to enhance retail investor protection worldwide.
This year, the WIW campaign will focus on three main themes: Investor Resilience, Crypto Assets, and Sustainable Finance, which the IOSCO Board has identified as particularly relevant given current and expected global market conditions. Other themes cover Frauds and Scams Prevention, Basics of Investing, Technology and Digital Finance.
Mr. Jean-Paul Servais, Chair of the IOSCO Board, and Chairman, Financial Services and Markets Authority, Belgium said: “Investor protection is a key IOSCO objective. Securities regulators use different tools to promote and enhance investor protection, including policy, supervision, oversight, enforcement, and financial education. During the global pandemic, retail investors encountered new and bigger risks; some of these risks may continue into the future or evolve. In response, the IOSCO Work Program 2023-2024 will continue supporting investor education as a critical pillar of investor protection, together with other measures aimed at combating retail market misconduct and fraud, promoting investor confidence and financial inclusion, and protecting the investor interests.”
Please see additional information on the IOSCO World Investor Week and how to participate at https://www.worldinvestorweek.org and follow the WIW on Facebook (@worldinvestorweek), Twitter (@ioscowiw) and Instagram (@ioscowiw).