Nasdaq Dubai and Bourse de Tunis sign MoU for collaboration on listings and Islamic finance solutions

Initiatives regarding existing and future issuers and listings on the two exchanges, ways to promote Islamic capital markets.


Tunis and Dubai, March 9, 2017 – Nasdaq Dubai and Bourse de Tunis have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore collaboration possibilities, including initiatives regarding existing and future issuers and listings on the two exchanges.

Ways to promote Islamic capital markets products and solutions will also be considered under the MoU, together with supporting potential links between central securities depositories in the respective jurisdictions.

The MoU was signed in Tunis by Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, the international exchange serving the MENA region and Africa, and Bilel Sahnoun, Chief Executive of Bourse de Tunis.

Bilel Sahnoun, Chief Executive of Bourse de Tunis said: “This landmark agreement promotes close cooperation between the exchanges for the benefit of issuers, investors and brokers in Tunisia, the UAE and the wider MENA region. Nasdaq Dubai’s global and regional investor pool, combined with its international regulatory structure, make it an ideal platform to collaborate with Bourse de Tunis to support capital raising initiatives by a wide range of entities.” 

Bourse de Tunis’ main objective is to serve the real economy, help financial market orientation of Tunisian companies and attract more foreign investor interest further to the enactment of an investment law enshrining the equality between foreign and domestic investors.  Currently, eighty companies are listed with a market value of 9 billions of dollars.

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said:  “As the region's international exchange, Nasdaq Dubai looks forward to strengthening its links with Bourse de Tunis and the North African capital markets community, in order to promote business activity and opportunities for issuers and investors. Our international framework is designed to accommodate close cooperation with regional exchanges to support their growth and development.”

During his visit to Tunisia Mr. Ali also met with Youssef Chahed, the Prime Minister, and other officials to discuss capital markets developments.

Nasdaq Dubai hosts a range of international and UAE equity listings, including Egypt’s Orascom Construction, and the exchange is the world’s largest venue for Sukuk listings at 45.06 billion US dollars. Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) utilised the exchange’s Murabaha Islamic financing platform to facilitate its issuance of a 150 million US dollar Sukuk in January 2017. Pursuing its remit to bring new asset classes to the region, Nasdaq Dubai opened an equity futures market in September 2016.

About Nasdaq Dubai

Nasdaq Dubai is the international financial exchange serving the region between Western Europe and East Asia. It welcomes regional as well as global issuers that seek regional and international investment. The exchange currently lists shares, derivatives, Sukuk (Islamic bonds), conventional bonds and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS).

The majority shareholder of Nasdaq Dubai is Dubai Financial Market with a two-thirds stake. Borse Dubai owns one third of the shares. The regulator of Nasdaq Dubai is the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). Nasdaq Dubai is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

About Bourse de Tunis

Bourse de Tunis is a joint stock company owned by the 23 stock brokerage companies operating in Tunisia, regulated by the Financial Market Council, with the mission of operating and developing the stock market. Its information system is certified ISO 27001.

Bourse de Tunis is a member of the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) initiative promoted by the United Nations. 

© Press Release 2017

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