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Established in 1995, the Doha Securities Market (DSM) officially started operations in 1997. Since then the exchange has grown to become one of the leading stock markets in the GCC region.
In June 2009, Qatar Holding, the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), and NYSE Euronext, the world’s leading exchange group, signed an agreement to form a major strategic partnership to establish the Exchange as a world-class market. The DSM was renamed the Qatar Exchange on the conclusion of the deal.
The primary aim of the Qatar Exchange is to support Qatar’s economy by providing a venue for capital raising for Qatari companies as part of their corporate strategy and giving investors a platform through which they can trade a variety of products in a transparent and efficient manner. The Qatar Exchange also provides the public with access to market information and ensures correct disclosure of information.
Vision and Mission
The agreement with NYSE Euronext marks the beginning of a new era for the Qatar Exchange. The partnership will help establish the Qatar Exchange as a world-class international market and reinforce the country’s position as a regional financial centre with the introduction to Doha of new trading products, technology and international investors and issuers.
A national and regional marketplace
The Qatar Exchange will be an important national and regional capital marketplace for issuers to raise capital and for investors to trade securities and derivatives products.
A natural marketplace for international investors
The Qatar Exchange will be an exchange leader in the GCC region and a natural marketplace for investors and issuers both locally and from across Europe, Asia and the Americas. The exchange will be an important tool for sustainable wealth creation for the State of Qatar and the region. It will be central to the government’s goal of creating a viable financial services industry and an efficient capital market in order to diversify the Qatari economy.
A venue for international listings
The Qatar Exchange will be a major centre for regional and international initial public offerings (IPOs) as companies look to access investors in the region.
A developed cash market
Additional cash market products will be developed and sophisticated indices will be designed for investors in Qatar and other GCC markets.
Part of a global network
By end of 2010 the Qatar Exchange will be connected to NYSE Euronext’s global markets through the SFTI network helping to make the Exchange more easily accessible to international investors.
Regulation of the Exchange
The Qatar Exchange is regulated by the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA).
The QFMA is an independent and empowered regulatory and supervisory authority for the capital markets in Qatar.
On September 14, 2005, Law No (33) for the Year 2002 was issued relevant to the establishment of QFMA and the Doha Securities Market Company (DSMC).
On April 3, 2005, a law was issued amending some provisions of Law No (13) of the Year 2000 regulating the foreign investment in the economic activities. The amendment allows non-Qatari’s to invest in all companies listed at the QE (DSM formerly) at a rate not exceeding 25% of the traded shares.
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