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A New Hub for Asset Management
I am delighted to be introducing Funds Global’s new Guide to Asset Management in Qatar which serves to highlight the country’s growing role in the region’s dynamic asset management industry. The guide brings together a wealth of information on Qatar in terms of economic fundamentals, future investment and the factors driving growth in the asset management industry today, as well as offering insightful interviews with leading executives from various organisations, such as the Qatar Exchange, State Street, AXA and QInvest.
This new guide examines how Qatar can offer asset management firms looking to locate to the region distinct advantages over other financial centres and, indeed, looks at the role of the QFC Authority in developing Qatar as a pre-eminent hub for asset management. Together with an overview of Qatar’s world-class regulatory regime, the guide also offers a step-by-step approach to setting up an asset management business in the emirate.
There were US$85.8 billion (€59.4 billion) of assets under management in the Gulf Co-operation Council region last year (National Bank of Abu Dhabi’s GCC Mutual Fund Index) and while Qatar represents a small proportion of the GCC funds industry, this is rapidly changing.
Qatar’s exceptional economic growth, built on its rich long-term hydrocarbon resources, high levels of institutional and retail wealth, the increasing breadth and depth of investible assets and robust regulatory regime coupled with its strategic location, increasingly make it one of the most attractive fund management markets in the region, offering emerging market returns at risk levels associated with developed economies.
I am sure that for asset management firms looking to establish themselves in Qatar, Funds Global’s Guide to Asset Management in Qatar will be an indispensible resource.
Shashank Srivastava, acting chief executive, QFC Authority