Chinese sovereign wealth fund interested in taking a stake in Fonterra, says Prime Minister Key

The New Zealand Herald states, “Prime Minister John Key has revealed China’s US$200 billion ($349 billion) sovereign-wealth fund has signaled its interest in a stake in NZ dairy giant Fonterra if it changes its capital structure. China Investment Corp chief executive Lou Jiwei made the fund’s interest in Fonterra, and other New Zealand assets, clear in a meeting with Key at the Boao Forum for Asia two weeks ago.

But Key stressed it was up to Fonterra’s farmer shareholders to resolve the appropriate capital structure. Sources told the Herald Key’s preference would be for the NZ Superannuation Fund – rather than another nation’s wealth fund – to take a stake in Fonterra. The Prime Minister has made clear to Chinese investors that New Zealand would welcome increased investment particularly in greenfields or co-ventures. Key also met a representative from the Canadian suitor for Auckland International Airport whose successful bid for a 40 per cent stake was overturned when Labour Cabinet ministers changed the overseas investment rules.”

read more: New Zealand Herald



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