MIA to hold conference to discuss SME funding needs

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are exploring capital market financing solutions that match their specific needs for long-term capital, with a keen eye on how to tap them through financial technology ( fintech) such as crowd- funding and Shariah-compliant platforms.

This is one of the topics that will be deliberated at the Capital Market Conference 2017 organised by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) on July 18.

The one-day conference themed “Global Capital Markets: Entering A New Era” aims to discuss a wide range of topics from the changing regulatory environment to supporting fintech innovators in the capital market.

In a statement, MIA said the conference will focus on the current developments in the capital market and their impact on organisations.

Among the speakers are representatives from the MIA’s capital market advisory committee, International Valuation Standards Council, Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC), FinTech Association of Malaysia, Petronas Gas Bhd (PetGas) and Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

In a panel discussion entitled “Embracing Opportunities in Capital Markets”, speakers are expected to dis- cuss how capital markets are evolving especially with fintech and provide solutions to help SMEs to raise equity funding.

Moderated by MIA capital market advisory committee member Foong Mun Kong, the panel will consist of Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP corporate finance partner Robin Stevens, MDEC COO Datuk Ng Wan Peng and Maybank Investment Bank Bhd CEO Datuk John Chong.

Another panel session, moderated by MIA CEO Dr Nurmazilah Mahzan, will look at integrated reporting, which is gaining momentum with 1,500 companies having adopted the transformed corporate reporting model.

The panel consists of Khazanah ED Datuk Mohd Izani Ghani, PetGas accounts and reporting department head Harris Harun and International Integrated Reporting Council chief strategy officer Jonathan Labrey.

Founded on integrated thinking and telling their organisation’s personal story of value creation, the objective of integrated thinking is to ensure the long-term sustainability of organisations through the sustained creation of value for stakeholders.

The session on the importance of business valuation in today’s economy will focus on how the valuation services keep up with market expectations. It will also touch on the challenges or issues faced by business valuers both locally and globally.

The session on tech-driven change in the securities market will look at three key issues: the importance of fintech to the business world; the potential consequences of trading halts on markets, and best practices and preparations among market participations; and ring fencing and protecting from technology failures.