Boursa Kuwait and MEIRA organizes workshop to showcase international best practice in annual reporting and IR websites

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

The event attracted more than 100 Investor Relations representatives from the Kuwaiti market
Kuwait, 24 November, 2019: Boursa Kuwait held an Investor Relations (IR) workshop titled
“Making the most of your annual report and IR website”, at its premises, in collaboration with
the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA) and its Kuwait Chapter on
Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The one-day event, which attracted more than 100 IR
practitioners from companies listed on Boursa Kuwait, highlighted the latest trends and
international best practices for annual reports and IR websites.
Mr. Fahad Al-Bisher, Director of Investor Relations at Boursa Kuwait, delivered the welcome
address highlighting the significance of the annual report and investor relations website in
communicating a company’s message to prospective investors. Mr. Al-Bisher also shed light
on how the two were serving as the organization’s windows to the outside world.
“The IR website and the annual report play an integral role in communicating your investment
story to prospective clients. Offering valuable insights into financial performance and company
developments, annual reports help attract new investors and build stronger relationships with
stakeholders. With a dedicated portal or an IR section on the company website, organizations

can engage investors in the business, both locally and abroad, more effectively,” said Mr. Al-

Mr. Al-Bisher also commented on the role of Boursa Kuwait in strengthening the investor
relations field, saying, “In keeping with the commitment to promoting a robust, sustainable
capital markets ecosystem in Kuwait, Boursa Kuwait has been exploring all avenues to

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empower our stakeholders, from listed companies and investors to other market participants,
to achieve their business goals as well as drive our journey together towards realizing our
shared vision. The sixth IR seminar in collaboration with MEIRA has built on the success of
our previous workshops to advance the investor relations landscape in our country and we
look forward to more fruitful partnerships in the future”.
The workshop welcomed George Allen, Associate Partner at Instinctif Partners and Natasha
Nelson, Account Director at Emperor, who explained international standards in developing a
world-class annual report while presenting some case studies from regional and international
companies. Both Instinctif Partners and Emperor are reputable international and regional
consultancy firms specialized in communications, Investor Relations and annual reports.

MEIRA General Manager John Gollifer concluded the event by offering an interactive
presentation on IR websites and explaining how IR practitioners can enhance their micro-sites,
especially in the context of the annual MEIRA IR Awards, celebrated every September .
Commenting on the session, John Gollifer, said: “We are always delighted to collaborate with
Boursa Kuwait and share with IR representatives in Kuwait international market practices that
will support them in their day-to-day activities. The annual report and the IR website are both
essential communication channels and we at MEIRA are committed to sharing best practice
IR with Boursa-listed companies. At the MEIRA Awards in September 2019, we recognized
the best players in the Middle East and we are certain we will see new companies making it
to the top of the list in the upcoming years .”
The workshop is part of a series of events held by Boursa Kuwait in collaboration with MEIRA
and its Kuwait Chapter as part of the MOU signed between both entities back in 2017. The
workshops aim to raise awareness about IR best practice and enable listed companies to
benefit from effective IR processes and frameworks to drive business growth while helping
advance the capital markets in Kuwait.
For IR inquiries, please contact Boursa Kuwait’s Investor Relations unit at