OTPP Aims to Triple Venture Capital Allocation and Plans Silicon Valley Push

19th April, 2022

One of Canada’s biggest public pension funds is following a trend seen throughout the sovereign investor universe towards creating venture capital platforms in the bid to boost long-term returns.

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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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What do Abu Dhabi and Singapore Have in Common? Agtech

13th April, 2022

Local geography and resource limitations are driving agricultural tech investments by state-owned investors from the UAE and Singapore.

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India is Central to CPP's Ambitious Net Zero Targets

12th April, 2022

Canadian public pension behemoth CPP Investments is set to ramp up investments in Indian renewables, CEO John Graham told a press conference in Mumbai this week.

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Indonesia is the GoTo for SWF Investment in Tech Startups

11th April, 2022

The market debut of Indonesia’s largest tech company GoTo is an undoubted success, particularly for its backers who include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) as well as Singapore’s state-owned investors.

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Singapore Central Bank transfers US$ 55 billion, GIC now at US$ 799 billion AuM

8th April, 2022

The Central Bank of Singapore, known as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced that it has transferred excess foreign reserves of US$ 55 billion to the Government – or, effectively, to the Sovereign Wealth Fund, GIC. The latter now manages assets in excess of US$ 799 billion, according to estimates of Global SWF.

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Movers & Shakers: OMERS faces exodus of Senior Dealmakers

7th April, 2022

For anyone writing to OMERS, getting a bounced email has become standard. In the past two years since covid-19 started, at least 50 senior investment professionals have left Canada’s sixth largest pension fund.

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Diversification: Emirati Funds Back Infrastructure Privatization and Pharma Expansion

6th April, 2022

The UAE’s sovereign wealth funds are playing a key role in the privatization of the federation’s infrastructure, with this week’s IPO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) raising AED22.41 billion (US$6.1 billion) on the Dubai Financial Market.

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Future Looks Rosy for Temasek's VC Arm as Vertex Blooms

5th April, 2022

Singaporean investor Temasek’s venture capital arm Vertex Holdings swung from red to black in 2021 with a US$530.8 million net profit from a US$40.4 million net loss in 2020.

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Indonesia Turns to Middle Eastern SWFs to Finance its New Capital Giga-Project

4th April, 2022

SoftBank’s decision to bail on Indonesia’s plans to build a new capital city in East Kalimantan has prompted the country’s sovereign wealth fund to turn to peers in the Middle East for investment in the US$32.5 billion gigaproject.

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Fund of the Month (Apr'22): Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA)

1st April, 2022

Despite popular beliefs, the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) has one of the highest proportions of female employees among SWFs, at around 50%. One of the main reasons is its Fresh Graduate Training Program, which has since 1995 attracted the best Kuwaiti talent and supported women’s careers. The program is now headed by Ms. Aliah Al-Tameemi, who is the most senior woman at the fund and the first to be named as an executive director in 2017. She oversees a portfolio estimated at over US$ 100 billion in alternative investments, including real estate, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds, and is the Chairman of infrastructure-dedicated subsidiary Wren House Infrastructure. We had the great pleasure of talking with Ms. Al-Tameemi about her career path, current responsibilities and future goals as a trailblazer of the SWF industry in the Middle East.

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