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OIA breathes again, but keeps privatization plans in place

18th April, 2022

The past few years have not been easy for the finances of Oman Inc. The Sultanate has one of the smallest shares of crude oil reserves in the GCC and the second highest fiscal breakeven point, after Bahrain. For the period 2015-2021, Omanis needed the oil price to be above $87/barrel to make money – which never happened, until January 2022.

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Indonesia’s INA puts international capital to work

15th April, 2022

This week the Indonesia Investment Authority (known as INA) signed two agreements to invest US$ 2.7 billion in three parts of the Trans-Sumatra toll-road as well as in two parts of the Trans-Java toll-road. When finished, the former will cover 2,818 km across the Western island while the latter will be smaller at 1,167 km and will link the country’s (current) capital city, Jakarta. The total cost of both projects is estimated at over US$ 40 billion.

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Russian Sovereign Funds Hammered by Sanctions and Geopolitical Risk

25th March, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine and the effects of sanctions on Russia have dealt a major blow to Russia’s National Wealth Fund (NWF), which saw its total assets under management plunge 11.5% to US$154.8 billion, and is likely to freeze the ability of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to secure inward investment.

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Turkey’s Fund Switches from High Ambitions to Crisis Management and Nationalization

10th March, 2022

With markets in turmoil, the Turkey Wealth Fund (TVF) has seen its total assets under management plunge to US$22 billion according to Global SWF estimates – nearly half the value it started with six years ago – and the fund is stepping in to resolve the massive challenges facing Turkey in an era of multiple global crises.

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On 1MDB, Goldman and how SWFs can go all wrong

18th February, 2022

This week in the federal courts of Brooklyn, former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng is facing as many as 30 years in prison for allegedly helping 1MDB to embezzle billions of Malaysian public funds. Tim Leissner, his former boss at the bank, testified yesterday to confirm that “greed and ambition” drove their involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme. Goldman has already paid US$ 2.8 billion in fines.

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Fund of the Year (Jan'22): Mubadala Investment Company

1st January, 2022

For its significant contribution to the development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE, for its leadership in pursuing global partnerships, for its unparalleled investment and divestment activity displayed throughout the year, and, in general, for its contribution to the advancement of the SWF industry, Global SWF believes that Mubadala Investment Company is a worthy recipient of the 2021 Fund of the Year award. We spoke with Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, its Chief Strategy & Risk Officer, about the fund’s performance and ambitions.

2021 Ends with an African Roar

31st December, 2021

The conclusion of 2021 has a distinctly African feel in the world of sovereign wealth funds. In recent days, new funds have been proposed for Ethiopia and Egypt’s Suez Canal region, marking another milestone in the continent’s push for state-led investment.

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Fund of the Month (Dec'21): Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF)

1st December, 2021

Rwanda’s economy has been growing steadily for the past 20 years. In December 2011, the National Dialogue Council proposed the creation of a Sovereign Wealth Fund, which would be funded by contributions of civil servants and the Rwandan diaspora. We had the pleasure of catching up with Mr. Gilbert Nyatanyi, who has been CEO of Agaciro since September 2020 and wants to take his country’s SWF to the next level.

UAE Federal SWF plans to grow well past US$ 150 billion by 2030

30th November, 2021

It is easy to forget that the UAE has a federal fund, given the high profile of their SWFs at emirate level. Luckily, its Board of Directors, led by Sheikh Mansour, reminded us of its importance last night. In his speech, the Deputy Minister of the UAE announced a new strategy “Fifty Principles” that aligns with the country’s development over the next fifty years.

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Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan strengthen collaboration and alignment

22nd October, 2021

The Republics of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have much more in common than the Caspian Sea and the independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Both nations have a history of an active State Investment landscape, with various vehicles looking after different missions.

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Lines Between Abu Dhabi’s SWFs Blur as ADQ Continues Diversification

15th September, 2021

Abu Dhabi Inc comprises three SWFs with combined AUM of nearly US$1.2 trillion, but their distinct missions and strategic asset allocation are increasingly blurred as they diversify and expand their private equity footprint.

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Nigeria's NSIA Surges to US$3.5bn, Looks to Infra Partnerships and VC for Growth

2nd September, 2021

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority reported growth of 250% in just six years to US$3.5 billion in its latest annual report and is set to press further with infrastructure development and investment in innovation under a new board announced by President Muhammadu Buhari this week.

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