Posted on September 24, 2019

In its ongoing commitment to nationwide, industry-level knowledge exchange platforms for the financial industry, Al Khaliji Commercial Bank P.Q.S.C. (al khaliji) , Qatar’s next generation bank, recently sponsored the “10th annual Investor Relations Conference” as an Executive Partner – the highest level of sponsorship for the prestigious conference.  

Hosted by the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), the conference was held at Doha’s Rotana City Centre. Gathering all QSE listed companies and senior management cadres, the day-long event featured a series of insightful discussions and debates around the evolution, role and best practices of the investor relations discipline in a rapidly changing, ubiquitously connected world.

Commenting on the bank’s participation in the conference, Fahad Al Khalifa, Group CEO at al khaliji, said: “al Khaliji, as Qatar next generation bank, has been on the fore front of adopting latest best practices. This includes transparency to our shareholders and other stakeholders by providing best in class investor information. As part of this philosophy, we have continued to support initiatives such as the Investor Relations conference organized by the Qatar Exchange that provides an opportunity to practioners and participants to exchange knowledge, adopt best practice and further strengthen the connection between public companies and their stakeholders. The trust of our investors is paramount to pivoting our business and industry to broader horizons, as we continue to drive our National Vision 2030’s ambitions toward a diversified economy and prosperous society. I congratulate the team at Qatar Exchange for hosting the 10th such conference and wish them success in all their initiatives. 

Shabbir Barkat Ali, Group CFO added: “We are proud to be partaking in this flagship event and knowledge exchange platform for our industry; more so at a time when our financial landscape and ecosystem are being constantly disrupted and challenged at a pace far beyond the expectations of policymakers, decisionmakers and regulators. Today, it has become all more imperative for us to proactively drive and maintain open lines of communication with our stakeholders and shareholders. As our landscape grows ever more complex, transparency, accountability and trust remain the central pillars of our long-term relationships with our investors.”

Rashid Al Mansoori, CEO at QSE, opened the conference with an introductory speech, which was followed by several talks and panel discussions on communications, relationship management and ecosystem dynamics for the investor relations discipline in Qatar and beyond. The conference agenda tackled the measurement of investor relations programme effectiveness; disclosure challenges; corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) and sustainability communications; factors affecting the promotion of the asset management industry in Qatar; the integration of IR (investor relations), PR and communication; the presentation of business models, equity stories and strategies for companies; and best practices for regular communication and quarterly calls. The conference boasted an impressive speaker and panellist line-up of CEOs, asset management and communications directors in leading Qatari listed companies.