Capital Market experts gathered for the second GBSA Oman Debt Capital Markets Conference
MUSCAT, April 23, 2018 – The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA), in partnership with Maisarah Islamic Banking – BankDhofar and Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co held its second Oman Debt Capital Markets Conference at the Grand Millennium in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman on April 18, 2018. The invitation-only conference gathered 100 industry leaders and senior government officials.
The half-day event kicked off with a keynote address by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salmi, Executive President of the Capital Market Authority of the Sultanate of Oman. His Excellency said, “a vibrant fixed income market is an integral part of the overall strategy of the CMA, to enable the capital market to play its vital role as an alternative fundraising platform for both the government and corporates and to act as the engine for continuous economic development of Oman.”
Sohail Niazi, Chief Executive of Maisarah Islamic Banking, BankDhofar gave an Oman perspective on capital markets and economic development in which he stated, “as Oman moves forward with its economic development plan, the debt and equity capital markets are well positioned to provide the necessary support and infrastructure to private and public sectors to continue robust growth and meet their economic objectives.” Samra Al-Harthy, Acting Senior Manager of Economic Research at State General Reserve Fund, Ministry of Finance provided a comprehensive overview of the economic outlook of Oman and region that included the impact of rising US interest rates and recent developments in the oil and gas markets.
An expert panel session moderated by Sadaf Buchanan, Partner at Dentons explored the financing options available to Oman companies in which speakers agreed that capital market funding would play an increased role. Asad Qayyum, Senior Associate at law firm Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co. led a lively discussion of how issuance of securities backed by distinct revenue streams can offer a useful financing tool for companies and projects in Oman.
This conference was part of GBSA’s ongoing efforts to promote and enhance the Gulf region’s capital markets.
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