Kuwait flag Kuwait: Investing in Kuwait

Investment framework and opportunities in Kuwait

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
The freedom to establish a company/enterprise is very limited and controlled.  Non-Kuwaitis cannot hold more than 49% of the capital of a company.  Establishing a new office, branch or creating a new company is subject to the existence of a citizen agent.  All permits have to be established on his name.
Acquisition of Holdings
Purchasing shares from the stock market has to be done through a broker authorized by the Kuwait Stock Exchange.
Obligation to Declare
There are no special rules to declare if the acquisition is less than 5% of the capital holdings.  If the acquisition is higher, a special procedure must be followed.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Kuwait Stock Exchange
Requests For Specific Authorisations
Some sectors, such as pharmaceutical, telecommunications, medical equipment, etc. require authorizations from the ministries that control each specific activity.

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Kuwait Investment Authority
Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Info, Tenders in Kuwait
Globaltenders, Tenders & Projects from Kuwait
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)

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