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Capital Market Authority - Oman

Establishment of the CMA
CMA was established by Royal Decree 80/98 issued on 9 November 1998, and commenced its duties on 9 January 1999. It is a government entity with juristic personality, financial and administrative independence and its board of directors is chaired by HE Yahya bin Said Al- Jabri.

CMA’s Objectives
Our actions and measures lead to fair, high quality, growing and sustainable markets As a result of the work we do, we aim to have the following impacts on financial markets:
1. Investors understand, and have confidence and trust, in the regulation and functioning of the financial markets, and have confidence in financial advisors
2. Financial markets are efficient, fair, and clean.
3. Financial markets are resilient, attractive, growing, and offer a range of quality and beneficial products and services
4. Investors have access to understandable information they need to make informed decisions
5. Financial markets participants have clear and well-understood responsibilities, and act responsibly and properly towards all counter-parties
6. The costs and benefits of the regulatory regime are proportionate
7. Risks to the CML and CMA's objective are identified, and suitable responses implemented
8. Financial markets are growing faster than GDP
9. Financial markets are contributing economic value to the Sultanate  

The CMA’s strategy to achieve its vision, to be consistent with its mission under the Capital Market Law, is multi-dimensional. The CMA will:
1. Actively promote investment and risk management in Oman and capital formation for companies of all sizes, including by providing an efficient, simple, and certain licensing regime that balances the investment requirements of market participants with the Sultanate’s development objectives
2. Ensure fair and full market competition among both domestic and foreign participants by requiring high standards for listing, transparency, risk management, corporate governance, market surveillance, and supervision, based on sound and appropriate practices comparable in quality, efficiency and effectiveness to leading capital markets
3. Educate and inform investors on an ongoing basis by requiring adequate and easily understood market disclosure to make informed investment decisions on a comparable basis
4. Actively facilitate and promote the development of appropriate and effective markets, products and services, by providing the regulatory conditions, other support, and if and where necessary the leadership, to enable providers to invest in and deliver market development
5. Build and maintain a professional and effective regulatory organization that attracts good talent in the Sultanate to help oversee the participants and the continuous development of the financial markets

The Union Of Arab Securities Authorities

Established in 2007, the Union of Arab Securities Authorities "UASA" is a not-for profit Union for Securities Authorities with an independent legal personality. The Members of the Union are the Arab Securities Authorities and markets Regulators. United Arab Emirates shall be the headquarters of the Union.
The UASA objectives are to upgrade the legislative and regulatory level of Arab securities markets with a view to achieving fairness, efficiency and transparency. Unify efforts towards achieving effective levels of oversight over transactions in the Arab securities markets and to ensure coordination and cooperation among members to achieve maximum harmony and consistency with regard to relevant laws and regulations applicable in the Member States are main goals of the UASA. The Union aims also to overcome difficulties facing investment in the Arab securities markets, and to expand the investment base, diversify its tools and promote the culture of investing in the Arab securities markets. Promoting the concepts of disclosure, transparency and governance in addition to the application of the best international standards and practices are also important objectives of the UASA. 


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