Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Holding to Establish Assessment and Rating Agency

The governor of Qatar’s central bank recently mentioned the country will establish an assessment and rating agency for domestic non-government debt issuers and institutions. The rating agency will be a joint venture between Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Holding, LLC. The rating entity is slated for 2013.

The enduring challenge will be in the credibility of developing a new agency and acceptance from institutional investors. Currently, the major rating agencies face a level of angst among institutional investors from the global financial crisis hangover.

The economy of Qatar is highly susceptible to lower oil and gas prices. In addition, disruption in transportation of LNG due to growing geopolitical tensions is a major risk. Economic development of non-hydrocarbon industries is a priority of the government. Qatar has a national agenda to encourage development and growth in their financial sector.

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