Riyadh – MENA Herald: Saudi Arabia will become the region’s most active market for IPOs and private equity investment if government plans to boost the economy are successful, according to experts set to speak at Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference 2016 in May.

Recent projections by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) suggest that the Tadawul All Share Index will grow to 250 listed companies over the next seven years, up from its current total of 170.

An increase in the volume of IPOs – and particularly offerings such as the mooted listing of a stake in oil major Saudi Aramco – is likely to drive significant growth, in addition to the launch of a secondary market for SMEs.

Delegates will be able to learn more about the development strategy from an exclusive on-stage interview with H.E. Mr. Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Chairman of the Capital Market Authority, during the first day of the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference.

In addition, a special panel discussion will examine national and international perspectives on the rise of private equity in the Kingdom.

Senior executives from Derayah Financial, Almarai, QNB Capital LLC, NCB Capital and Albilad Capital will take part, reviewing the progress made during the first year since the passing of new laws enabling qualified foreign investors (QFIs) to invest in listed shares.

As part of the efforts to boost the exchange, Saudi Arabia is also looking to increase transparency and improve communication with investors, recently announcing plans to ask all companies trading on the exchange to submit ownership disclosures for senior executives.

Tariq Al-Sudairy, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jadwa Investment, who will speak on the Saudi Financial Roundtable at the conference, said: “Despite some challenging recent quarters, we see positive signs ahead for the Stock Market. The announcement of the National Transformation Plan will reassure investors of the government’s commitment toward structural economic reform, helping the private sector to make more informed and confident investment decisions. We view this year’s Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference as an important opportunity to discuss the transformative changes that are happening in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The 2016 Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference is co-hosted with the Ministry of Finance and takes place on 3-4 May at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh.

Other major speakers from the Kingdom include H.E. Dr Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; H.E. Eng Adel M. Fakieh, Minister of Economy and Planning, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; H.E. Dr Tawfig Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and H.E. Dr Mufarrej Al-Haqbani, Minister of Labour, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.