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Bahrain Bourse and Tamkeen Sign an MoU to support Growth Businesses to list on Bahrain Investment Market
Mar 21, 2019
Bahrain Bourse and Tamkeen signed an MOU on 7th March 2019 to expand the scope of Tamkeen’s Business Development Program to include support of growth businesses interested in listing on the Bahrain Investment Market (BIM), an innovative equity market designed specifically to offer the region’s fast-growing companies an alternative cost-and-time effective means for raising capital.
 
The MOU was signed by the CEO of Bahrain Bourse Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and the Chief Executive of Tamkeen, Dr Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi in the presence of several officials from both organisations.
According to the MoU, the support extended to growth companies will cover 50% of the costs associated with listing on Bahrain Investment Market and appointing an Auhtorized Sponsor (specialized advisory firm) at a cap of BD30,000 per company. In addition, the support will cover 10 companies over a one-year period.
 
Commenting on the agreement, Shaikh Khalifa bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa praised Tamkeen’s support to Bahrain Bourse’s initiatives along with its extended support to the Bahrain Investment Market since its launch in 2017. Sh. Khalifa stressed on the importance of the Tamkeen’s support in the success of projects that can create investment opportunities and thereby enhance the investment environment to contribute to the development of the economy in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
 
 “We hope that such support to the BIM will encourage businesses seeking growth to list on this innovative & unique market, as this will provide them with an alternative growth options,” said Sh. Khalifa.
 
“BIM-listed companies will benefit from numerous advantages including support and guidance obtained through the Authorized Sponsors to grow their business to the next level” Sh. Khalifa added.
 
On his part, Dr. Ebrahim Janahi stressed that the MOU is at the core of Tamkeen’s mandate to support businesses and boosting economic activity through this important type of investment platforms as it offers opportunities for numerous growth businesses.
 
“The launch of this project is in line with Tamkeen’s 2018-2020 strategy which aims to boost the sustainable impact of the support opportunities, and to give Bahraini businesses - especially growth companies – more ways to grow and contribute to the national economy.”
 
Dr. Janahi also remarked that the listing on the BIM helps businesses realise their expansion plans and identify available investment opportunities in the market by attracting potential investors and traders, as well as boosting the credibility of the listed businesses both locally and internationally.
 
The BIM is an innovative equity market launched by Bahrain Bourse to enable fast-growing companies in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the GCC and MENA region to obtain growth capital via direct offering.  The market offers a more relaxed regulatory framework with easier disclosure and minimal admission requirements, as well as support and guidance provided through specialized advisory firms (Sponsors).
 
According to Bahrain Bourse’s regulations, companies interested in listing on Bahrain Investment Market are required to appoint and retain the services of an Authorized Sponsor at all times (prior and during the listing process).  The Authorized Sponsor will be responsible for providing companies with the required support and guidance to fulfil the admission for listing on criteria Bahrain Investment Market, and ongoing financial disclosure requirements once listed.
 
Currently, the BIM’s network of authorized consulting firms includes Grant Thornton, KPMG, Key Point, BDO Consulting, SICO, and Almoayyad Chambers.
 
Businesses interested in listing on the BIM and specialised advisory firms interested in becoming authorized sponsors by Bahrain Bourse may contact Bahrain Bourse’s Help Desk at +973 17261260 or e-mail mbsd.info@bahrainbourse.com.
 
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