UAE nearing debt listing rules to boost sukuk sales

The UAE is in the final stages of creating debt issuance and listing regulations that will help develop a domestic credit market and encourage the sale of Islamic bonds. The Securities and Commodities Authority, or SCA, has circulated draft rules that for the first time to treat sukuk and non-Shariah compliant debt separately. The regulator is seeking feedback from market participants by the end of the year and “hopes” to enact the regulations early in 2014. The UAE must develop local debt markets to help state-run and private companies find alternatives to bank loans because it is the only one in the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council that doesn’t have a domestic, local-currency debt market.