Dubai Financial Market instils good corporate governance through partnership with Hawkamah
Dubai Financial Market instils good corporate governance through partnership with Hawkamah
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Dubai, UAE. In line with its focus on enhancing sustainability and promoting Environmental, Social and Governance best practices among listed companies and other stakeholders, Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has successfully contributed to the improvement of corporate governance practices in the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance. In 2017, DFM and Hawkamah signed an agreement to collaborate towards corporate sector reform in Dubai and the UAE through improving governance practices of listed companies. Hawkamah has since then trained over 100 Company Secretaries, and briefed the boards of more than 65% of DFM-listed companies on the role of boards in driving good corporate governance.

 H.E. Essa Kazim, Chairman of the Dubai Financial Market, said, “Sustainability and good governance are central to our vision. The DFM continues to adopt best practices to ensure that good governance is instilled in our listed companies and within the DFM itself. Our cooperation with Hawkamah has proven successful in terms of improving corporate governance practices at DFM-listed companies.

Corporate governance is an important source of competitiveness, while sustainability ensures positive contributions to societies at large. When it comes to sustainability and governance, it is the tone at the top that makes all the difference. Boards of directors are therefore at the heart of governance. Company Secretaries play a vital role in ensuring that Boards operate efficiently and effectively, you cannot have a good board with poor-performing company secretary. There is enough evidence to prove that it is challenging to find qualified board members and Company Secretaries in the region. Therefore, Hawkamah took on the assignment of training company secretaries and offering Director Development Programs to prepare new directors for companies as well as organizing special sessions for existing board members.

H.E. Dr Ahmad El Sheikh, Chairman of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance, affirmed, “With the cooperation of DFM, we have made significant strides in terms of advancing the standards of good governance in the UAE, we have trained more boards and graduated more qualified company secretaries. Since its establishment, the Institute has trained more than 1,800 directors and over 200 Company Secretaries. We look forward to continued collaboration to promote corporate and government sectors’ reform.”

In addition to briefing boards about good corporate governance practices as one of the Institute’s advisory services, Hawkamah launched a Foundation Program for Chartered Governance Professionals with ICSA: The Governance Institute of the UK. The program helps companies prepare the second generation of governance experts and professional company secretaries.

 

Testimonials

  • The certified Board Secretaries Workshop provided by Hawkamah and Dubai Financial Market is an essential course for learning corporate governance, scope and responsibilities of the board secretary and understanding the governance and disclosure requirements of the Dubai Financial Market and the Securities and Commodities Authority. It is a practical course which combined recent best practices and key learning lessons. I would highly recommend it for people involved in corporate governance and in particular in a listed company.

    Omran Al Zamani - Senior Legal Counsel - Dana Gas PJSC

  • Great program! Very well done and very useful information delivered in an excellent manner. The workshop was very inspirational, energizing, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth knowledge together with case studies. Well-balanced composition of participants, which contributed to interesting and focused discussions and exchanges. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in improving their proficiency and core competencies.

    Hassan Murad Agha - Group Head of Compliance & Internal Control - Gulf General Investment Co. (PSC)

  • All companies should promote their boards, executive managers or staffs who have board responsibilities for subsidiary companies to attend corporate governance training. Hawkamah provides the ability for people and companies in the GCC to upskill in the area of corporate governance and directorship through a comprehensive programme teaching international best practice which has been tailored to regional specific governance issues.

    Alastair Mulligan - VP Asset Management - National Central Cooling Company PJSC (TABREED)

  • I am truly honored to attain this certification and I recommend the Compliance Heads of all DFM listed companies to participate and achieve this certification.

    Nabeel Mirza - Senior Director & MLRO - Compliance - GFH Financial Group B.S.C.

  • The workshop has added a level of professionalism to my practice. It addressed and discussed  the right concepts to promote better governance and effective support for business in line with rules and procedures.

    Osama Issaq Al Haj - Head of Legal & Board Secretary - Dubai Islamic Bank

  • A very interesting and informative course which has helped me to adapt my Board Secretary knowledge further to my role as Company Secretary.

    Hamad Al Hosani - Group Company Secretary - Emirates NDB Bank

  • Anyone who wants to enter the world of boards and governance; this is your passport.

    Jehad A. Kazim - Director - Legal Services Dubai Chamber

  • The Directors Development Program was one of the most beneficial programs I attend during my career life. The strength of the program comes from the way it was structured as each part covered very important aspects of the required management role.

    Nada Ishaq Abdul Karim - Manager - The Secretary of The Board of Directors - Bahrain Islamic Bank BSC

  • The DDP offered by the Hawkamah Institute is an excellent course to prepare directors to understand and fulfil their obligations properly as members of the board. I have benefitted immensely from this program and have started to implement some of the best practices taught on the boards that I am involved in.

    Amir Arab - Director - Havenvest Private Equity Middle East Limited

  • The Director Development Program is great way to gain insight and improved understanding in areas such as corporate governance and board functionality. I would highly recommend the program as a foundational step before they begin their board experience.

    Bindu Ann Joseph - Chief Operating Officer - 3W Networks

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