Qatar Seeks Greater Foreign Investment In Energy Sector State-Led Firms

Qatar is seeking to rejuvenate its flagging stock exchange through increasing foreign ownership limits in a number of state-led energy sector companies. But overseas appetite to date has been lacklustre.

Qatar is increasing the foreign ownership limit in a number of exchange traded energy sector companies in which the state, led by Qatar Petroleum (QP), is the main shareholder. But while the move technically opens up stakes worth $8bn to foreign investors, current foreign ownership is well below the permissible level.

The move is in line with efforts to expand the Qatar Stock Exchange’s (QSE) investor base and boost liquidity. QSE has taken a substantial hit from the political upheaval since Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain broke off ties with Doha in June 2017. It lost more than 20% of its value between then and end-2017. It has recovered slightly to around 9,000 points, which is still down some 10% from prior to the embargo.


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