Malta Stock Exchange aims to expand
The Malta Stock Exchange will soon be forming three working committees aimed at expanding and enhancing its business development objectives in 2016 and beyond.
The Malta Stock Exchange will soon be forming three working committees aimed at expanding and enhancing its business development objectives in 2016 and beyond. The Exchange’s chairman, Joseph Portelli, said that he and the Board are keen on developing new product lines that can take the Exchange and Malta’s financial industry to new heights. He said he is looking forward to working with the Finance Ministry and the Exchange’s executive team to develop strategies for developing three keys areas and to work with stakeholders to enhance Maltese Capital Markets. The committees to be formed are the Islamic Finance Committee, the Real Estate Investment Trust Committee and the China Listing Committee. The committees, which will be chaired by the Exchange’s chairman, will meet regularly and be staffed with internal and external experts who can develop guidelines and processes for exploring how the MSE can penetrate and excel within certain strategic areas. For example, the REIT Committee will explore the feasibility of introducing these securities to the Maltese markets to help local companies finance existing and planned real estate projects. The China Listing Committee will explore how Chinese companies can be prompted to dual list in Malta affording them passporting rights within the European Union. The Exchange is also exploring to introduce local stakeholders to novel financial securities such as preferred securities and Project Revenue Bonds. Some members of these committees will come from a recent initiative undertaken by the Exchange to form an External Advisory Board, which is made up of six professionals from outside the Exchange. Mr Portelli said that he welcomes and encourages input and constructive advice on how new product lines and markets can be explored and how operational processes can be improved. He said: “Malta’s recent economic growth has been the envy of Europe and a robust local capital market will only fuel further growth. Simply we need to open the Exchange to new and innovative ideas.” Currently two new business initiatives are close to fruition and will be rolled out by Q1 2016. The MSE will be introducing Prospects, a domestic capital market platform designed to cater for SMEs looking to raise cost-effective capital in the area of €3 to €5m. Prospects can also address succession planning concerns. The Exchange is also planning Roadshow trips to Dubai and to countries within Sub-Saharan Africa to promote Malta as a destination to dual list companies in these growing emerging markets and attract companies falling within the Islamic Finance framework. There is also significant interest being registered from Italian and Spanish intermediaries in the Maltese capital market.