About ICMA
Mission Statement

The mission of ICMA is to promote resilient well-functioning international and globally coherent cross-border debt securities markets, which are essential to fund sustainable economic growth and development.

ICMA is a membership association, headquartered in Switzerland, committed to serving the needs of its wide range of members. These include private and public sector issuers, financial intermediaries, asset managers and other investors, capital market infrastructure providers, central banks, law firms and others worldwide. ICMA currently has 550 members located in over 60 countries.

ICMA brings together members from all segments of the wholesale and retail debt securities market, through regional and sectoral member committees, and focuses on a comprehensive range of regulatory and market practice issues which impact all aspects of international market functioning. ICMA prioritises four core areas – primary markets, secondary markets, repo and collateral markets, and the green and social bond markets.

In pursuit of its mission, ICMA is committed to:
  • building trust in the market by promoting internationally accepted standards of best practice through the development of appropriate, broadly accepted guidelines, rules, recommendations and standard documentation, aimed at maintaining and enhancing the framework of cross-border issuing, trading and investing in debt securities;
  • encouraging information flows and dialogue between all participants in the international capital markets: borrowers, intermediaries and investors, and service providers, including trading platforms, clearing houses and law firms;
  • engaging with international and national regulators and policy makers, to provide market expertise and technical knowledge to assist in ensuring that financial regulation promotes the resilience, efficiency and cost effectiveness of international capital markets;
  • providing networking opportunities for market participants through conferences, seminars, roundtables and other events;
  • promoting high professional standards for capital market participants by providing training and education opportunities.
ICMA is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and to promoting the highest standards of professional integrity.

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