CMA to issue new investment rules

Updated 07 April 2015
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CMA to issue new investment rules

Mohammed Abdullah Aljadaan, chairman of the Capital Market Authority (CMA), summarized CMA’s last year performance and accomplishments as well as the initiatives it aims to achieve in the future, in his introductory speech in CMA’s annual report for the fiscal year 2014.
Aljadaan explained that one of the most important achievements last year was developing and approving CMA’s strategic plan for the five-year period (2015-2019). The plan includes 13 goals, which are broken down into four main strategic themes: foster capital market development, promote investor protection, improve the regulatory environment, and enhance CMA’s organizational excellence.
During the preparation of the strategic plan, the most important challenges to the capital market, its needs, other influential factors, as well as the views and comments of specialists at the CMA and those of market participants such as listed companies, authorized persons (APs) and investors have been studied and taken into consideration, he said.
As for CMA’s accomplishments during 2014, the chairman explained that it continued its efforts to develop and regulate the capital market by approving the Credit Rating Agencies Regulations, which would be implemented from Sept. 1.
In terms of strengthening disclosure and protecting investors, CMA’s board issued its resolution to suspend trading the shares of a listed company if the certified public accountant’s report on its preliminary or annual financial statements included a disclaimer of opinion or an adverse opinion and it will be lifted after removing the disclaimer of opinion or an adverse opinion from the financial reports.
The chairman said that CMA will issue the Rules for Qualified Foreign Financial Institutions Investment in Listed Shares and update the Investment Funds Regulations. The teams working on these two projects are reviewing and studying all the comments and observations received from the public and interested parties and are updating the regulations for approval.
On another note, 2014 witnessed an increase in the public offering of shares as its operations exceeded SR25.2 billion with 1185.9 percent increase from 2013. Total amounts raised from securities offerings reached SR69.1 billion up 15.3 percent from 2013.
As part of its continuous efforts to protect investors, CMA has started applying its board’s resolution to adopt the instructions and procedures related to listed companies with accumulated losses reaching 50 percent or more of its capital. By the end of 2014, the number of companies with accumulated losses reached 12 companies, of which four companies had accumulated losses of 75 percent or more of its capital.
Aljadaan pointed out that CMA last year continued to monitor websites and social media networks using the latest monitoring tools to detect violations of the Capital Market Law and its implementing regulations.
CMA recorded an increase in alerts on irregularities in the electronic media, which increased by 23 percent from 2013. This caused CMA to increase its efforts to intensively search these mediums, and such efforts rose by 66.6 percent from 2013.
CMA also continued its cause and cycle inspection visits on Authorized Persons (APs). The number of licenses covered by inspections in 2014 totaled 161 licenses pertaining to 56 APs.
As part of its endeavors to overcome difficulties that may face complainants, CMA has provided a set of channels for receiving complaints. The complaints handled by CMA are classified based on their nature and process.
CMA resolved 485 complaints in 2014, up 39 percent from 2013. It also prepared notifications/notices for 112 complaints it received to enable complainants to file their complaints to the Appeal Committee for the Resolution of Securities Disputes (ACRSD).
Aljadaan concluded by thanking Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muqrin and deputy premier, Prince Mohammed Naif, deputy crown prince, second deputy premier and minister of interior, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman, minister of defense, president of the royal court and special adviser to the king for their support and care.


Riyadh Future Investment Initiative summit on schedule for next week

Updated 15 October 2018
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Riyadh Future Investment Initiative summit on schedule for next week

  • Future Investment Initiative to go ahead despite ‘disappointing’ withdrawals.
  • It will be held in Riyadh from Oct. 23 to 25.

RIYADH: Officials and business leaders including US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon are set to attend an investment summit in Saudi Arabia next week.
The Future Investment Initiative (FII) is going ahead despite the “disappointing” withdrawal of some speakers and partners.
It will be held in Riyadh from Oct. 23 to 25.
“Despite the disappointing withdrawal of some speakers and partners, we look forward to welcoming thousands of speakers, session managers and guests from around the world,” an FII spokesman said in a statement quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat.
An earlier statement gave an overview of the event, saying that “investing in transformation,” “technology as opportunity” and “advancing human potential” are among the FII’s broad themes.
Mohammed Khunaizi, a Shoura Council member, said that government and business leaders will map out a “collective vision for future” at the event.
“The FII conference has emerged as the largest investment event of its kind in the Middle East, which offers opportunities for billions of dollars in business deals besides being an educative forum,” he said.
JPMorgan chief Dimon has been quoted in media reports as saying: “I am looking forward to attending the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh to discuss innovation in technology and what it means to all of us.”
Sami A. Al-Rajhi, a Saudi business executive, said: “The FII seeks to further explore how investment will drive growth opportunities regionally and globally.
“The event will help to bring many business opportunities to the country in particular and to the Middle East in general, which will support job creation, innovation and unlock economic opportunities.”