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The ASE has been registered at the Companies Control Department as a public shareholding company completely owned by the government under the name "The Amman Stock Exchange Company (ASE Company), and with a paid-in capital of JD (4,774,552). The new company will be the legal and factual successor to the ASE, and will possess all its rights, assets, and obligations The new company's shares were also registered at the Jordan Securities Commission on the 6th of March 2017, and the ASE sustained its operations as a licensed financial market as of the date of its transformation into a public shareholding company.
It is worth mentioning that the council of ministers appointed a new seven-member board of directors for the ASE. The board elected His Excellency Dr. Yusuf Mansur as the chairman.
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) announced today that it has succeeded in achieving a compliance rate of 100% regarding the disclosure of the annual financial statements of its listed public joint stock companies within the deadline of 90 days from the end of the financial period. All public, and private, listed companies listed on ADX disclosed their annual financial statements for 2016 within the 90 days period given. 
The Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” announces amending the settlement cycle of listed securities to (T+2) starting from Sunday 23rd of April 2017. This step comes after completing all necessary pilot phases to ensure full technical and functional readiness and connectivity with market participants.
Given the background, on the 3rd of May 2016, Tadawul announced obtaining the CMA’s regulatory approval to amend the settlement cycle of listed securities within two subsequent working days of the trade execution date. Furthermore, Tadawul announced publishing draft rules for the T+2 settlement cycle for public consultation.
Amending the (T+2) settlement cycle of listed securities will increase the level of asset safety for investors by providing enough time to verify trades, and will unify the settlement duration for all types of listed securities.
An equally important consideration is that the T+2 settlement cycle of listed securities will have no impact on traders. It gives sellers purchasing power for the securities they sell, thus, they will be able to buy new securities directly upon executing trades. At the same time, buyers will be able to sell securities directly upon executing trades with no need to wait for completing the settlement of securities.
Implementing the (T+2) settlement cycle of listed securities complies with settlement practices adopted in most international markets. It is also in line with Tadawul’s strategy to support developing the capital market, and Vision 2030 which calls for building a more advanced capital market open to the world.
The Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” and the Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU),on March 14, 2017, that will formalize and develop further cooperation between the two exchanges.
The MoU will provide a framework for understanding and cooperation between Tadawul and JPX. It will work to strengthen the relations between both exchanges to support the development of both capital markets, this initiative resonates with the Vision 2030, that calls for building an advanced capital market that is open to the world.
The Board of Directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” convened their first meeting in its fourth round today 16 February 2017. The meeting was held at Tadawul’s headquarters and was attended by all Board Members. This meeting followed the restructure of a new Board of Directors under Council of Ministers Resolution No. (273) dated on 6/02/2017.
The Board members nominated Ms. Sarah Al-Suhaimi as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Mr. Abdulrahman Al Mofadhi, as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors. 
The Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” announced that the enhanced framework for trading and subscribing to Rights of listed companies shall be applied in the next batch of offerings to increase capital through rights issue.
The enhanced framework for Tradable Rights includes the following features:
Registered and new investors can subscribe in one period instead of two separated periods.
All investors are allowed to immediately subscribe after settlement of bought Rights without waiting for a new subscription period.
Ability to enter subscription requests through trading platforms by which sell and buy orders are entered. In addition to ability to subscribe through any other channel provided by the broker.
Framework period for Rights shortened to a maximum of (28) days instead of (34) days.
Through applying this new framework, Tadawul aims to safeguard the interest of retail investors by facilitating the process of subscription to Rights, and ensuring that ample time is given to all investors to trade and subscribe in Rights.
It is equally important to note that enhancing the framework for Tradable Rights is part of Tadawul’s efforts to constantly improve products and services provided to investors and market participants. Tadawul also aims to introduce new tradable investment products to persify and further expand available investment channels in the market.
Tadawul announced that the new industry classification shall be effective starting from Sunday January 8, 2017. This step is in line with Tadawul’s strategy to support the development of the Saudi capital market, and aims to enhance transparency and provide more reliable information on sector performance.
Tadawul has already communicated to all listed companies the new sectors to which they belong according to GICS. The companies have also been briefed on the classification methodology, including the company’s business activity and revenue as the two main factors of classification. Moreover, the new industry classification consists of 20 industry groups representing the second level of GICS.
The calculation of New Sector Indices will start on January 8, 2017, at 5,000 points (Base Values). This will allow better sector performance comparability, given one unified starting point. Moreover, historic data for these new indices will be calculated dating back for 1 year and will be published on Tadawul’s website to make information available for any historical analysis requirements. As they are new indices, it is equally important to mention that their change and change percentage values will begin publication on the second day of the launch.
Furthermore, current sector indices will no longer be calculated, however their historical values will continue to be available on Tadawul’s website. 
Damascus Securities Exchange conducts the third training course for the year 2017 on Sunday 26/03/2017 and for one week. The training course targeted (20) students from Al-Sham higher institute. The course aimed for providing introductory lectures of DSE regulations and rules in addition to the mechanism of investment in order to increase the awareness related to the culture of investment in Syria.
PEX launched the English version of its disclosure system "IFSAH", the aim of this development is to make the listed companies financial performance available to foreign investors
QSE announces changes to the index methodology of QE Index following a decision by QSE Index Committee and the approval of the Qatar Financial Markets Authority. The decision by the Index Committee is designed to enhance the tradability of the index and ensure that consistent liquidity is a determinant of index inclusion.

The following changes will be effective from the upcoming semi-annual index review (April 2017):

• Constituent Short Term Velocity:

Existing QE Index constituents must have recorded annualized share velocity greater than 5% during the final quarter of the 12 Months Review Period.
For a stock to enter the QE Index it must have recorded annualized share velocity greater than 5% for each of the 4 quarters of the 12 Months Review Period.

• Constituent Trading Activity:
Existing QE index constituents must have traded during at least 80% of the trading days during the final quarter of the 12 Months Review Period.
For a stock to enter the QE Index it must have traded at least 80% of the trading days of each of the 4 quarters of the 12 Months Review Period.

As a result of the above changes, the methodology document will be updated to reflect these changes.
Boursa Kuwait has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Middle East Investor Relation Association at Boursa Kuwait Headquarters.
MEIRA is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote investor relations best practice throughout the Middle East. Through this partnership, Boursa Kuwait will be playing a leading role in the support of the ‘MEIRA Kuwait Chapter’ in an effort to raise the standards of the Investor Relations role by rolling out specialized awareness and training programs.
Boursa Kuwait announced today that it is officially joining the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, which is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency – and ultimately performance – on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. This announcement marks the 63rd Partner Exchange to join the SSE.
Boursa Kuwait recently announced that it has published a draft copy of the official Over The Counter (OTC) Trading Rulebook on its website for public consultation.
The OTC draft Trading Rulebook will act as a tool to regulate deals and transactions of unlisted shares outside of the exchange.
The draft book, which was developed by the Boursa Kuwait team, lays out the proposed procedures and rules for future OTC trading in Kuwait, whether for unlisted shares or for Islamic bonds and sukuk.
The Casablanca Stock Exchange and the Ghana Stock Exchange have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exchange experience and expertise. The objective of this partnership is to bring capital markets closer to both countries. 
The APSB (Professional Association for Brokerage firms (APSB) and the Moroccan Association for Participating Finance Professionals - Sharia Compliant (AMFP) organized, in partnership with the Casablanca Stock Exchange, a workshop entitled "Mechanisms for financing The ecosystem of participatory finance - Sharia Compliant through the capital market "
The Board of Directors of Bahrain Bourse issued a resolution to establish Bahrain Clear Company with an issued capital of BD 5 million and paid-up capital of BD1 million. The Board also nominated the Board Members and Executive Management of the company.
Bahrain Clear will provide services in the areas of settlement, depository of securities, custodians, and other services to companies, investors, and other related parties.
The General manager of Khartoum Stock Exchange D.Azahari AlTayeb AlFaki Ahmed has announced that the market had entered in full electronic trading stage and said that now it is possible to trade from a distance, also revealed that the opening of the new headquarter of Khartoum Stock Exchange and the launch of electronic trading by the Presidency will be in the twenty-eighth of this month, praising the great support provided by the Ministry of Finance and economic planning.

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