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Commodity Exchange Technology

Technology is a key enabler in setting up viable and efficient Commodity Exchanges. Escrow Group has developed an end-to-end commodity exchange solution for the issuance, trading and collateralization of Warehouse Receipts.

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The technology is made up of four main systems distributed as a bundle or in parts. These are:

Electronic Warehouse Receipt System (e-WRS)

The e-Comex e-WRS is a key component for a Commodity Exchange. It acts as a Central Warehouse Receipt Depository and maintains the Warehouse Receipt Registry.  Key features include:

  • Supports receipting of various commodity types including grains and oilseeds, softs and industrial metals.
  • Acts as a Central Commodities Depository and Registry.
  • Facilitates WRs issuance, transfers, withdrawals, splits and pledging of warehoused commodities.
  • Robust Reporting capabilities in various formats that include crystal reports pdf, CSV and Excel.
  • Integration capability with banking systems and Warehouse Management Systems.

Automated Trading System

The e-Comex ATS is a multi-commodity automated trading system designed to offer a complete trading solution for commodity exchanges. The key features include:

  • Supports Trading of various commodity types including Grains and oil seed, softs and industrial metals.
  • Market information display boards (Trading Board)
  • Matching engine with robust matching algorithms for the default price time priority.
  • Supports multiple standard order qualifiers.
  • Supports time in force parameters at order posting.
  • Supports multiple users with different user roles.

Clearing and Settlement System

The Clearing system allows the employing exchange or Warehouse Receipt system operator to automate rules and procedures for presenting and exchanging data and/or documents relating to transfers of funds or securities to other financial institutions at a single location. Key features include:

  • Supports various integrations to banks, e-WRS, Depositories and Warehouse Management System to facilitate straight-through processing of transactions
  • Supports different settlement models that are DVP model 1, DVP model 2 and  DVP model 3.
  • Post-trade management, automatic collection and release of cash and securities utilizing integrations
  • FIX, ISO and SWIFT compliant
  • Pre-trade clearing and balance locking.

Client/Investor Facing Applications

For convenient user access  for investors, buyers and/or even farmers e-Comex has online, USSD & mobile App platforms that enable the following self-service activities:

  • Account creation and upload of KYC documents for different types of users.
  • Order management that is placing, viewing, and cancelling orders.
  • Booking delivery or collection of commodities
  • Accessing real-time market price information.
  • Receiving and withdrawing sale proceeds.
  • Applying for post harvest financing.
  • Trading funds deposits.
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Company Secretary

Bachelor of Laws Degree; BA (Economics and Law)

Miss Fadzayi Pedzisayi joined the Escrow Group as the Executive Assistant – Legal in early 2016. She is a Rhodes University Graduate, with a Bachelor of Laws Degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics and Law). She is an admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe. Fadzayi is studying towards a Diploma in Executive Enterprise Risk Management. Fadzayi also serves as secretary to the Board of the Financial Securities Exchange and is responsible for legal and regulatory compliance for the overall Group.

Head of Sales and Marketing

B.Com Entrepreneurship & Business Management (CUT), Digital Marketing (Stellenbosch)

Eliah has gained over seven years’ hands on experience working with progressive Technology and telecommunications companies including Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in the capacity of Product Development, Account Management, Market Research and Brand Management. Possess extensive skills in Marketing Strategy Formulation and Implementation, Business Communications and Brand Management.

Finance and Administration

ICAS

Mennard heads our Finance and Administration Department. He is in charge of general administration, accounting and financial reporting, supported by over 10 years of experience gained through several roles  that he played in the administration and accounting field prior to joining Corpserve. Mennard is a qualified Chartered Secretary and is currently studying towards an ACCA qualification.

Head – Group Business Development

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) – UNISA.

Setfree Nhapi is Head of Business Development for the Escrow Group.  Before joining the group, Setfree was the Country Manager of Corpserve  Zambia, the largest registrar (by market share) in Zambia and part of  the Escrow Group. Setfree been exposed to capital markets extensively,  mostly in the Sub Saharan Africa. He has witness numerous capital market transactions in his career to date, where he played significant roles. Before joining Corpserve in 2003, Setfree was working for Renaissance Securities, a Zimbabwean Stockbroking firm, as a back-office manager. His regional experience helped transform the operations of Corpserve Zambia and in his tenure as Country Manager for Corpserve, he successfully clinched several Capital Market transactions deals for Corpserve. His passion for the capital markets resulted in the creation of a strong Corpserve Zambia brand driven by innovative ideas and supported by appropriate technology.

Managing Director – Escrow Systems

BSc in Computer Science; Postilion Payments Certificate and Dell Certifications. Project Management Certificate (PMIZ)

Simbarashe leads a team of professional Microsoft certified developers and an experienced IT support team. He has vast experience in
clearing and settlement messaging and integration using the SWIFT system. Simbarashe is a Systems Analyst, Designer, Developer and Support Specialist with over 10 years’ experience in delivering business solutions to the financial sector. He is a holder of a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Computer Science, a Postilion Payments Certificate and Dell Certifications and is currently studying for a Master of Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance.

General Manager – FINSEC

B Comm. (UNISA); IOBZ, (FINSEC GENERAL MANAGER)

Garikayi is the General Manager of the Financial Securities Exchange Pvt Ltd (FINSEC). He joined Corpserve Registrars in 2010 as the Compliance and Performance Management Executive having spent more than 15 years with an international commercial bank. Garikayi is an associate member of the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe and a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa.

Managing Director – Corpserve

AC Diploma in Corporate Management

Paradzai leads the Group Operations, his areas of expertise include Operations and Project Management; Human Resources Management as well as Risk and Compliance Management. Paradzai has worked on various projects including Initial Public Offers, Capitalisation Issues for both listed and non-listed entities. Paradzai is currently studying towards an IAC Diploma in Corporate Management. He has over 20 years’ experience in fields of Operations and Project Management; Human Resources Management as well as Risk and Compliance Management. The majority of his experience gained at Standard Chartered Bank as Operations Manager.

Chief Operating Officer

Bachelor of Science Economics Honours; PB (SA)

Blessing Chipfunde has 17 years of experience in the securities industry and has extensively operated in much of east and southern Africa participating in numerous transactions including public equity and debt issues. Blessing has previously served as Assistant General Manager of Custody and Registrar Services in Kenya and has also served the Escrow Group in various capacities including as Deputy Managing Director of Corpserve Registrars

GROUP EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

LLB, University of Nairobi

Laureen is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya having earned admission to the bar in 2007. Laureen served as Senior Manager, Legal and Compliance at Custody & Registrars Limited (C&R), and is currently Chief Executive Officer of CDSCR. She possesses deep knowledge
in capital markets and has advised clients on such issues as IPOs, Bonus Issues, and Rights Issues etc.

CEO

MSc. Finance; MBA; ACCA Dip FM;

Collen Tapfumaneyi is the founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of the Escrow Group comprising Financial Securities Exchange, Corpserve Registrars and Escrow Systems. He was previously CEO of Custody and Registrar Services Limited (Kenya) following the acquisition of the company from Barclays Bank of Kenya. Collen has a long and successful track record in the capital markets and as a provider of capital marketsand financial services solutions in Africa.

Chairman

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Post Graduate Diploma, Master’s Degree in Economics

Michael is an investment banker with broad and extensive experience  in originating and structuring capital markets and financial solutions. A qualified Economist, he has over 20 years experience in government; management consultancy, commercial banking and investment banking. He has held senior positions with Commercial Bank of Africa and was a Senior Consultant for Deloitte and Touché.