Bahrain Bourse (BHB) in cooperation with the Middle East Investor Relations Association (“MEIRA”) and Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (BIBF) held the Certified Investors Relations Programme (‘CIRO’) for the first time in the Kingdom of Bahrain during 24 – 26 November 2019 under the umbrella of the Investment Academy (a joint initiative between the BIBF and Bahrain Bourse). Several professional executives from various listed companies on Bahrain Bourse attended the programme to develop their knowledge and skills of the fundamental principles and best practices of Investor Relations (IR).
The CIRO Programme has been rolled out as part of Bahrain Bourse’s plan to develop the investor relations function and promote international best practices among listed companies in the capital market. The CIRO programme aims to offer professional talent a unique opportunity to acquire certification within IR, which is increasingly becoming an important function within listed companies.
The programme is a three-day intensive training course of a total of 20 hours, followed by a 60-minute exam. The programme covers six key topics: principles & practices of investor relations, global financial markets, companies & regulation, regulatory environment, accounting, valuation & investment principles, effective IR in practice.
The CIRO programme is an internationally recognised certification for the investor relations profession. In the Middle East, the programme is organised by the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA), in partnership with the UK IR Society (UKIRS) and delivered by the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The CIRO programme is fully supported by Tamkeen (Labour Fund) under the Training & Wage Support programme.
The CIRO programme has been launched in June 2019 as a joint initiative between Bahrain Bourse (BHB), MEIRA, and the BIBF following an agreement signed by Middle East Investor Relations Association (“MEIRA”) and the Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance (“BIBF”).