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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 23.Apr 2012

Posted on 23 April 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Francois KanimbaUN and African officials on Sunday urged sovereign wealth funds (SWF) worth an estimated $5 trillion to invest in developing countries, even as they seek the right climate and demand steps against corruption.
Speaking at a debate as part of the World Investment Forum, officials from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and several African nations complained the level of investment inflows to the continent was too low………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Over four dozen poor and least developed countries (LDCs) offer significant opportunities to Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) for investments in infrastructure, agriculture and farm processing sectors.
Sovereign wealth funds, including those managed by the governments of major oilexporting developing countries and by emerging economic powers such as China, have in total nearly $5 trillion in assets and it has been growing at a rate of 10 percent a year. Only a small percentage of that total, currently about $110 billion, was used as foreign direct investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Qatar Holding, a unit of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, is bullish on emerging economies, its chief executive told reporters on Sunday.
‘We are very optimistic on Brazil and other emerging economies,’ Ahmad al-Sayed said on the sidelines of a conference………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Underlining the deep pockets and vast wealth of the tiny Arab Gulf state, a senior executive at the Qatar Investment Authority said the sovereign wealth fund has over $30 billion to spend on assets across the world this year, even though the global economy remains in a fragile state.
Qatar, one of the world’s richest countries, is using its huge wealth from oil and gas exports to buy trophy assets all over the globe that include London luxury store Harrods and the former U.S. embassy building in the U.K. capital………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The assets under management by the sovereign wealth fund (SWF) of gas-rich Qatar have far exceeded $100 billion, Qatar Investment Authority board member executive Hussein al-Abdulla said Sunday.
Asked if the assets of the fund have reached $100 billion, Abdulla told reporters they were “much more” but declined to provide a specific figure. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Investment Forum in the Qatari capital Doha, Abdulla said the fund “will have $30 billion more to invest in 2012.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Qatar Holding, a unit of the Gulf nation’s sovereign wealth fund, has increased its stake in French oil group Total to 3 per cent and is undecided on buying more shares, Qatar Holding’s chief executive said on Sunday.
‘This is good for both sides - it is good to be in Total. They have a huge investment in Qatar,’ Ahmad al-Sayed told reporters on the sideslines of a conference………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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