Qatar is seeking to rejuvenate its flagging stock exchange through increasing foreign ownership limits in a number of state-led energy sector companies. But overseas appetite to date has been lacklustre.

Qatar is increasing the foreign ownership limit in a number of exchange traded energy sector companies in which the state, led by Qatar Petroleum (QP), is the main shareholder. But while the move technically opens up stakes worth $8bn to foreign investors, current foreign ownership is well...