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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 29.Sep 2014

Posted on 29 September 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

The Excess Crude Account (ECA), which was set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo under the inspiration of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in 2004, was the saving grace. Nigeria would have lapsed into a catastrophic economic downturn. Yet, when Obasanjo set up ECA, governors kicked against it, describing it as unconstitutional. All money must be shared, they said.
If Obasanjo had caved in, there would have been nothing to fall back on in 2009 when the crunch set in. We still make use of it till today. So much for constitionalism. ECA is, of course, not the same thing as SWF. ECA simply saves the difference between the budgeted and the actual prices of crude oil. It is a stabilisation fund, summoned when it is needed, especially by the governors who continue to wave the constitution in our face anything they crave raw cash. SWF, on the other hand, is primarily an investment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The CEO of the Angola Sovereign Fund (FSDEA), José Filomeno dos Santos, assessed the implementation of agricultural projects funded by his institution in the municipality of Bungo, northern Uige province.
Accompanied by Uíge governor, Paulo Pombolo, and Sovereign Fund officials, Filomeno dos Santos visited two Bungo’s peasant associations with 200 members each. During the visit to the peasant associations, the FSDEA chief was briefed on the production process and the constraints faced by the growers in flowing out their crops into the consumer markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Aabar Investments PJSC, owned by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. as it explores options for its stake in RHB Capital Bhd., according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Aabar, the Malaysian bank’s second-largest shareholder with a 21.2 per cent stake, is seeking to protect the value of its investment as the lender negotiates a three-way merger with CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. and Malaysia Building Society Bhd., the people said. It hasn’t yet signed a formal mandate with Goldman Sachs, one person said, asking not to be identified as the talks are private………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Africa Investor, Ai has announced its $1billion Africa investor Sovereign Infrastructure Investment Platform, for African pension and sovereign wealth funds – continually developed in close partnership with African pension and sovereign wealth funds.According to a statement after the summit, Ai , a leading international investment and communications group and US institutional investors, including sovereign wealth and pension funds, have agreed to invest in Africa’s fastest growing sectors and capital markets.
The new Ai platform is uniquely designed to increase intra-African investment, which is currently at a mere 5 per cent compared to intra-European investment levels in excess of 70 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Oil accounts for 95 percent of state revenue in Libya and 65 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country has the largest oil reserves in Africa and the fifth largest in the world, with oil terminals scattered across the country but mainly concentrated in the northeast. With the Tripoli-based bank’s full control of these vital oil revenues, it has become a key, if not the supreme player in the ongoing civil war, according to well-placed sources and analysts.
And it’s not the oil revenues alone that the bank holds. The CBL controls the country’s entire purse strings at the moment, including $100bn in foreign currency reserves. It is from the bank’s headquarters that money is distributed and assets accessed across Libya. This includes money that the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) needs to spend and function as an effective political force………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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It was quite a shock to hear that the UAE has replaced the governor of its central bank, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, who has been in the job for 23 years. His replacement is the CEO of the Emirates Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund, Mubarak Al Mansouri.
When men like this go suddenly there is always the question of what went wrong but this is just speculation as we have no idea. Clearly it might just be thought a change at the top was overdue. Bankers have long been critical about the internal mechanisms of the UAE central bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have taken on key roles as Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC prepares to become co-owner of RAC, the UK’s second largest roadside assistance provider.
Following the investment, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, GIC and private equity house The Carlyle Group will jointly own a majority stake in the business with RAC management holding the remaining shares. The deal was run as a dual-track offering, with the initial public offering (IPO) mooted earlier in the summer abandoned after GIC was identified as a buyer………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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As more questions surface about the 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) and its lack of transparency, the Penang government is pushing for answers to the sovereign fund’s purchase of land in the state. With debts reportedly amounting to around RM38 billion after operating for five years, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the people have the right to know how IMDB, which is the federal government investment arm, used its funds.
In Penang, he said the board purchased 234 acres of freehold land in Air Itam in two deals on April 29, 2013, just six days before the May 5, 2013 general election; and in a third and final deal on September 23, 2013………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Alaska Permanent Fund won’t be following the lead of California’s huge CalPERS public pension fund, which just made the startling decision to stop investing in hedge funds. But Mike Burns, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which manages the Permanent Fund, says he understands why CalPERS managers did what they did.
“We think about it all the time,” he said. Hedge funds were created to “hedge” risk similar to an insurance policy. Big investors would use hedge funds to balance investment risks, like making investments that would go up if the stock market was to fall………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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A section between Marabda and Kartsakhi stations was constructed in Georgia as part of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project, Azeryolservis JSC under the Azerbaijani Transport Ministry said. Its subdivision is the contractor of three of the four stages of the railway line construction on the territory of Georgia.
SOFAZ finances the project in accordance with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan ‘On the implementation of the activities of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project’ dated February 21, 2007………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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