2 About Kuwait: Total population: 3.4 M (1/3 nationals) Free democratic system Independent Juridical system Modern Infrastructure.
3 Kuwait Oil reservoirs 9% of the international oil resources. Member of WTO. New tax law. Foreign investor law.
4 Kuwait Economy - overview: Kuwait is a small, rich, relatively open economy with self- reported crude oil reserves of about 104 billion barrels - 9% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 95% of export revenues, and 80% of government income. High oil prices in recent years have helped build Kuwait's budget and trade surpluses and foreign reserves. As a result of this positive fiscal situation, the need for economic reforms is less urgent and the government has not earnestly pushed through new initiatives. Despite its vast oil reserves. In May 2007 Kuwait changed its currency peg from the US dollar to a basket of currencies in order to curb inflation and to reduce its vulnerability to external shocks.
5 Kuwait Major Economic Indicators (2008): Total GDP (at current prices) $ 113 BN. Income per capita $ 37,000. GDP growth at current prices 14.1%. Real GDP growth 3.8%. Inflation 7.5%. Unemployment 1.8%. Sources: CBK Report
9 KSE Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE): The Kuwait Stock Exchange enjoys an independent judicial personality with the right of litigation in a mode facilitating the performance of its functions for the purpose of realizing the objectives of its organization in the best manner within the scope of regulations and laws governing the Stock Exchange operations. The Stock Exchange within its activity act to direct and rationalize dealing in stocks and securities, within the scope of its powers in order to develop and stabilize dealing in securities in a manner securing safe, easy and accurate transactions so as to avoid any confusion in dealings. Sources: KSE
10 KSE Market capitalization (2008): KD 59.6 BN Daily average trading (2008): about 10,000 Deals Brokerage fees (2008): %0.125 up to 50,000 KD, than %0.1 will charge. Number of listed companies (2008): 209 Sources: KSE
15 KCC Kuwait Clearing Company (KCC) Role: Provide reliable clearing, settlement, central depository and shares registration. Settlement and clearing trading for options, future contracts, bonds and other derivatives.
16 KCC Paying dividends to shareholders of listed companies. IPO’s underwriting. Develop e-trade, e-settlement and SWIFT in the stock market.
17 Internal Audit Unit AGM Information Technology Kuwait Clearing Company chart: KCC
18 KCC Date of inception: 1982 Equity Shareholders: (December 2007) Capital Paid: 4,500,000 KD Capital Premium: 5,625,000 KD Reserves:9,000,000 KD