The UK Investor Relations (IR) Society has joined hands with the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) in imparting advanced skills and training for the key personnel of the listed companies, ahead of the new IR regime to be adopted by the country from the beginning of October 2019.
In this regard, the QSE, in association with Maroon Capital, on Tuesday kicked-off a three-day IR training programme in Doha with the expert inputs of the UK IR Society, which delivers their programme on global basis, having highly qualified and reputable trainers.
The training programme, which will last until tomorrow, has seen the participation of representatives from more than 20 listed companies.
The event is aimed at enhancing the skills needed to manage IR in the financial markets in accordance with the international best practices, as well as allowing participants to demonstrate the essential knowledge of the financial and market environment, the regulatory and reporting requirements for listed companies and their sound understating of the principles of IR.
This training is of particular importance to the listed companies as it constitutes their readiness to abide by the rules of IR adopted by the Qatar Financial Markets Authority, which will be effective from the beginning of October.
The IR Rules, which will be mandatory for companies listed on the QSE, will be introduced as a new section in the QSE Rulebook and will be valid for all listed companies as of October 1, 2019. The new rules make it mandatory for all listed companies to appoint IR officer.
The training programme includes a number of lectures covering various subjects on the IR practices including the principles of IR and why companies need it, the public company structure and concept of corporate governance, insight into IR within the financial market environment, and understanding key stakeholders and IR’s role in building relationships.
The programme also covers the regulatory environment in the market, investment issues related to the buy-side and sell side, as well as the role of media in investment process. Participants will later be subjected to examination that will allow them to earn the international certification in IR.
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