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Qatar Stock Exchange Organizes 2nd Session of Exchange Views Series to Explore Ways for “Realizing Qatar's True Potential with MSCI”
Sep 16, 2015
Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) today held at the Four Seasons Hotel its 2nd session of the Exchange Views series of discussions. The theme of this session was "Realizing Qatar's true potential with MSCI". The purpose of this event, which is part of a series of events called ''Exchange views'', is to bring together leading decision makers and industry professionals from within Qatar to engage, discuss and debate on compelling and interesting topics that matter to the Qatari capital market.
 
The session was held with the presence of a group of investors, financial experts, and decision makers from the financial industry. The session included a group of panelists: Robert Ansari, Executive Director, Head of the Middle East, MSCI; George Challenor, Senior Director, Equity Capital & Asset Management, Ooredoo; Parvez Khan, Executive General Manager, CBQ; Julian Bruce, Managing Director, Head of Institutional Trading, EFG Hermes; and Afa Boran, Managing Director, Asset Management, Amwal.
 
In the opening remarks, Mr. Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, expressed his hope that this occasion is an opportunity to consider and exchange views on enhancing the investment climate in Qatar.
 
Mr. Al-Mansoori elaborated on describing the significant role of Qatar Stock Exchange in consolidating the investment climate in the State of Qatar and described the inclusion of the Qatar in MSCI EM Index as an added value to the Qatari market, especially in view of the fact that this inclusion has shed light on the Qatari market before local and global investment community, adding that this fact is evident in the number of account opening applications in Q1 of 2014, following the inclusion, which was equal to the number of account opening applications in 2013.
 
The QSE is working very closely with its listed companies with a view to inclusion in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and increase the weight of the existing companies in it, noting that these efforts have resulted in the inclusion of several listed companies in this global index, Mr. Al-Mansoori concluded.
 
Mr. Mohsin Mujtaba, Market & Product Development Director, QSE, hosted the panel discussion and explained the rationale of such an event as a channel for open conversation between all stakeholders, especially in view of the fact that there is much talk about reforms in the local, regional and global capital markets. Therefore, this series is very important in terms of exchanging views and examining the issues related to Qatar's capital markets.
 
Mr. Robert Ansari, Executive Director at MSCI - Middle East, stated that the value of global investments tracking MSCI benchmarks worth $ 9.6 trillion and the inclusion in these indices requires satisfying quantitative criteria such as liquidity and trading values, as well as qualitative criteria such as market accessibility. Mr. Ansari concluded by saying that international investors look at particular factors when they take investment decisions in a particular market. Among these factors is the increase of foreign ownership limits, adherence to the governance criteria, and availability of local research on the local market, flexibility of regulations, market accessibility, and communication.

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