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Libya Wealth Fund To Disclose Details On Invest – Fund Head

The State-run Libyan Investment Authority will disclose details about its investment strategy in coming months to allay concerns in the U.S. and European about its intentions, the fund’s Executive Director Mohamed Layas said Sunday. The Libyan state investment vehicle, or sovereign wealth fund, will also open a London office this year after months of consideration and is eyeing investments in some distressed banking and real estate assets in the U.S. and Europe, Layas said, declining to provide specifics.

“We will soon publish a report soon about our investments and intentions. We will show our purpose to be transparent and that we are a long-term investor,” Layas told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview by telephone from the Libyan capital, Tripoli. He declined to provide any details about what type of investment principles the LIA will commit to and said the report could be disclosed before spring. By laying out its investment philosophy in some form, the LIA wants to assure lawmakers in foreign countries its intentions are purely commercial and not for political advantage, said Layas, a former chairman of the Libyan Arab Foreign Bank.

“Any deals we pursue will be about commerce only,” he said. The LIA currently has about $70 billion on hand to deploy, Layas said, up from around $40 billion when the fund was launched in late 2007 with the aim of investing big chunks of the North African oil-rich nation’s growing cash pile from record crude prices into overseas assets. Government-controlled investment funds have snapped up foreign companies in recent years, sparking calls in the U.S. and Europe for more transparency about the funds’ purposes.

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UNICEF and NBIM to Host Meetings on Children’s Human Rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City, has partnered with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to facilitate a series of meetings between companies to discuss issues surrounding children’s human rights.

According to the news release, “the network will facilitate dialogue between leading brands and retailers in the garment and footwear industry to strengthen children’s rights.”

NBIM is invested in many listed companies and have invited them to join a network to tackle these issues. Over the next two years, the organizations plan to hold three workshops as well as quarterly meetings surrounding these issues.

“Over time, we hope and expect that the network will contribute to improved market practices among companies and greater respect for children’s rights,” says Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, in a NBIM press release.

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SouthGobi’s CEO Arrested, CIC Struggles with Investment

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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