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Middle East Sovereign Funds Invest in Moroccan Tourism Industry

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It seems that Middle Eastern based sovereign funds are more keen on investing in hospitality and resort developments compared to their Asian and European peers. This is good news for the Kingdom of Morocco.  Tourism is a key source of diversifiable revenue for the North African Kingdom of Morocco. The tourism industry in Morocco employs just below 500,000 people. Cash-strapped Morocco still suffers from high unemployment, a reliance on material exports, and has a young demographic profile.

In December 2010, Gulf sovereign investors parked money into the region.  Last week, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Morocco agreed to create a 50-50 joint venture worth US$ 2 billion that targets major development projects in Rabat.

Rabat is the capital and third largest city in Morocco.

In another deal, Qatar Holdings, the Kuwait Investment Authority’s Al Ajial Investments and Aabar Investments agreed with Morocco’s Fund for the Development of Tourism to inject US$ 2.5 billion into a newly-created vehicle called Wessal Capital. Wessal Capital will focus on developing new resorts in Morocco.

Proposed Equity Capital Structure of Wessal Capital

  • 25% Qatar Holdings
  • 25% Al Ajial Investments
  • 25% Aabar Investments
  • 25% Morocco’s Fund for the Development of Tourism

SWFI First Read, June 19, 2018

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CalPERS Reveals More of New Private Equity Model

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is a major U.S. pension player in private equity.

CalPERS is keen on using this direct model to better source and take advantage in private equity to meet its goal of a 10% target, while lowering fees. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CalPERS Commits $5 Billion Toward US Enhanced Equity Strategy

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The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) moved US$ 5 billion toward an internally-managed U.S. enhanced equity strategy. This falls under the global equity bucket at CalPERS.

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