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 Published on: 24-Jun-2020

The Union of Arab Securities Authorities (UASA) organized a webinar on changing priorities in the time of Covid-19 via Zoom platform on the 24th of June 2020. The webinar discussed the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on capital markets oversight, and how this crisis affecting priorities of regulators, stock exchanges, and international financial organizations. A number of experts and specialists gathered to speak in this session from different international institutions and organizations including the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), and BlackRock, and participants from capital markets authorities, stock exchanges and other capital markets stakeholders from the MENA region.
The webinar discussed the macroeconomic impact of COVID-19 on the world economies with special focus on the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), the role of the market regulators and stock exchanges in the time of crisis as well as the importance of having timely and high quality information and reporting about the crisis impact on operations and financial stands.
The webinar also focused on the impact of COVID-19 on market infrastructure and operation continuity and functioning of the markets, industry cyber efforts during the pandemic, and the impact of market regulators measures (marker halt, short selling bans, circuit breaker), in addition to highlighting why corporate governance is more important at the time of current pandemic crisis.
The webinar highlighted a couple of recommendations related to policy implications for better a access to capital markets and developing strategies for capital markets growth, in addition to policy implications for better corporate governance disclosure taking into consideration international standards and best practices. The webinar also focused on key themes impacting global markets, sign posts through the recovery during this pandemic and investor sentiment. In addition to a particular focus of MENA economies in the context of Covid-19, energy markets, and views of economic reform and liberalization.

Webinar recorded video link:
OECD Report on “Corporate Governance in MENA: Building a Framework for Competitiveness and Growth” link:


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