Qatar Stock Exchange Holds 10th Annual IR Conference in Doha

CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) Rashid bin Ali Al Mansoori has stressed that the QSE IR Excellence Program aimed at rewarding companies and individuals demonstrating the highest investor relations standards in the country on an annual basis, adding: “Since we are keen to encourage listed companies to adopt best IR practices, QSE has held over the last few years many conferences, forums training programs, the latest of which was the training program held last week and aimed to enable participants to earn an international recognized IR certification.”

Rashid bin Ali Al Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE)

CEO of QSE Rashid bin Ali Al Mansoori, stressed in a speech during the opening of the 10th Annual Investor Relations Conference held by QSA on Monday, on the importance of investor relations in light of the growing changes.

“Effective from 1st of October 2019, Qatar will be introducing a mandatory “rules-based” framework for IR; the Rules reflect best-practice and should in any case be standard for listed companies in today’s regulatory capital markets’ environment. We thank the Qatar Financial Markets Authority for supporting this effort,” Al Mansoori said.

With its continuous efforts to further promote the adoption of international best practice in the field of Investor Relations (IR) amongst its listed companies, QSE decided to hold this event in an interactive type sitting so that all listed companies and the investment community can gain greater exposure to the latest IR strategies and effective practices utilized worldwide.

Al Mansoori added “since transparency and effective IR communications are the hallmark of a successful capital market, the development of IR practices will definitely enhance the sustainability of listed companies. As QSE is Qatar’s national stock exchange, we seek to support the sustainability of our listed companies in the years and decades ahead, especially in light of the current geopolitical instability in the region. Thus, we are actively working on promoting sound IR practices among our listed companies in order to maintain investor confidence and enhance their investment attractiveness.”

Al Mansoori also acknowledged the Exclusive Partner and expressed his sincere thanks to the sponsoring companies.

Listings Director of Qatar Stock Exchange Abdul Aziz Al Emadi said that the IR Annual Conference, the Excellence Program, and frequent training programs reflect QSE desire to achieve best international practice among our listed companies for a transparent investment environment. The issuance of the IR Rules, which will be effective as of October 1st 2019, is a testament to the Exchanges commitment towards achieving quality investor relations to improve market accessibility and support the development of successful capital markets.”

The event targeted all Qatari listed companies, featuring a wide spectrum of presentations and panel discussions on a series of significant topics covering of global best practices in IR. The program topics aim to educate listed companies on the importance of sound Investor Relations practice covering the daily functions of IR teams.

The conference was attended by a number of speakers from investment companies, financial institutions and major companies listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange.

The 10th Annual Investor Relations Conference, which was attended by representatives of listed companies and market stakeholders, included seminars with the participation of listed companies, analysts, investors and regulators, with the aim of encouraging listed companies to adopt global best practices in investor relations.

QSE decided to hold this event in an interactive type sitting so that all listed companies and the investment community can gain greater exposure to the latest IR strategies and effective practices utilized worldwide.