ISLAMABAD - The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has made amendment to the conditions for grant of license to not-for-profit associations under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984, regarding allowing of investment in associated companies.

The condition in this regard required that the not-for-profit association should make no investment, whatsoever, in its associated companies, was originally imposed to restrict improper use of funds by the associations. However, it has been observed that the condition was causing problems for transactions backed by genuine reasons. 

The SECP has, therefore, amended the said condition of licence. Now investment in associated companies can be made after prior approval of the SECP. After amendment, the above condition shall read: “The Association shall make no investment, whatsoever, in its associated companies except with the prior approval of the Commission and subject to such conditions as it may deem fit to impose.”

It is hoped that the amendment shall facilitate genuine transactions by the not-for-profit associations, which was earlier not possible.