Qatar National Bank, Doha Bank advance on bullish prospects for domestic financing market
The Qatar Exchange (QE) 20 Index ended even at 8,726. 37 points as market heavweight Industries Qatar slipped 0.44%. The country’s largest lender Qatar National Bank and retail giant Doha Bank added 0.40% and 1.40%, respectively. Earlier in the day H.E. Abdulla Bin Saoud al-Thani, Governor Qatar Central Bank said in a speech at the MEED Qatar Projects Conference in Doha: “At the end of 2011, total assets of the country’s commercial banks grew by 22.3% to $190.6bn in 2011 from 2010 while customer deposits increased by more than 18.5% to $100 billion, he said. Meanwhile credit facilities to customers rose by 28.2% to $103.5bn.” According to delegates attending the conference, the governor’s speech was a vote of confidence in the country’s ability to finance more than $100 billion worth of projects to be completed, to realise the ‘Qatar 2030 vision’.