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Dubai hosts first forum on investor relations.

Dubai: The Middle East Investor Relations Society (ME-IR Society), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and developing the investor relations profession, announced on Saturday the launch of the Middle East Investor Relations Forum.

The forum will address issues and topics of relevance in today's rapidly changing capital markets.

Among the key topics that the forum will review are: international investor relations (IR) best practices; IR standards in the region; developing effective IR strategies and tapping and engaging foreign investors.

The first edition of the forum will be held on November 23 during the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Week.

The announcement comes on the heels of the signing of a knowledge partnership agreement between ME-IR Society and the DIFC for its third Annual DIFC Week series of conferences and events from November 23-26. In addition to sharing insights and infrastructure, the ME-IR Society will also hold its second board meeting at the DIFC on November 23, on the sidelines of the DIFC Week.

"We are delighted to announce the signing of this agreement with the DIFC, which provides both organisations with an enhanced platform to increase awareness about the importance of international best practices and the need for greater and more efficient capital market communications.

In addition, the ME-IR Society will also function as a communication channel with the wider investment community, such as exchanges and regulators," said Arif Amiri, chairman of the ME-IR Society.

Attracting investors

"Especially during this period of sustained challenges to the stability of the global economy," Amiri added, "investor relations professionals play a critical role in retaining and attracting investment from around the globe to our capital markets.

"The ME-IR Society intends to facilitate precisely such activity."

Following its inaugural meeting in July, the ME-IR Society announced a number of new appointments to its board of directors, which already includes leading regional senior executives, IR professionals and capital market participants from firms such as Bank of New York Mellon, Depa, Dewey and LeBoeuf, du, Emaar Properties, Investcorp, Millennium Finance Corporation, Taqa and Thomson Reuters.

The newly appointed members of the board include Nicholas Swierzy, head of Investor Relations, Qatar Telecom - Qtel, and Hassan Badrawi, vice-president of Orascom Construction Industries.

The ME-IRS is committed to increasing awareness of investor relations techniques and best practices internationally. The organisation also seeks future cooperation with international bodies.

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Date:Nov 16, 2008
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