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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Signs SWF Bill

According to the press release, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that his Administration was fully committed to making Nigeria’s oil assets a vehicle for wealth creation, economic diversification and development.

In his remarks after signing the 2011 Appropriation (Amendment) Bill and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) Bill into law at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, May 27, President Jonathan said that the new NSIA will provide the country with a “strong, transparent and effective tool for the management of our nation’s petroleum wealth for the good of all Nigerians.”

The President announced that apart from its One Billion US Dollars seed capital, the NSIA will be funded every month by the excesses of budgetary revenue from oil coming into the Federation account.

He said that revenues accruing to the authority will be invested by it through three special funds – the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund, the Future Generations Fund and the Stabilisation Fund.

According to President Jonathan, the infrastructure fund will be dedicated to investments in the development of critical national infrastructure, with ten percent of it going to agriculture and government-sponsored projects that promote economic development in under-served sectors or regions of the country.

He said that the future generations fund will build an inter-generational savings base by investing in longer term assets that generate returns to accumulate wealth for future generations of Nigerians while the stabilization fund will help to protect annual national budgets by providing a stable, last resort source of financing during periods of fiscal deficit resulting from a sustained fall in oil prices.

President Jonathan commended the leadership and entire members of the National Assembly for the passage of the two bills.

He also applauded the committed efforts made by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Olusegun Aganga towards the passage of the NSIA Bill.

The signing of the two bills into law was witnessed by the Senate President, Chief David Mark, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman and the Minister of Finance.”

Source: Nigeria First – Official Website of the Office of Public Communications

Asian Sovereign Funds Not Slowing Down on Tech Investing

According to data from SWFI’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, Asian sovereign funds invested US$ 6.05 billion directly into companies and assets in the information technology sector from Jan 2017 to November 22, 2017. In a comparable time frame from Jan 2016 to November 22, 2016, this same group of Asian sovereign funds directly invested US$ 5.02 billion in the sector. These are direct investments, not fund commitments or manager allocations.

Asian sovereign funds such as GIC Private Limited, Temasek Holdings and the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) have demonstrated bullish signals to the technology community over other sectors. GIC and Temasek have also been major investors in the private side of deals, funding a wide range of tech startups, while providing financial firepower in buyout transactions.

Some notable direct tech investments in 2017 by sovereign funds include Meituan-Dianping, SoundCloud, Nets A/S, Visma AS, Turn, Inc. and Vantiv.

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Future Fund Makes a Guardian Out of Former J.P. Morgan ANZ Chair

The Australian government has appointed Robert Priestley – current non-executive chair of J.P Morgan for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) and a non-executive director of ASX – to serve on the Future Fund Board of Guardians for a five-year term from November 7, 2017. Priestley replaces former Morgan Stanley Australia chief executive Steven J. Harker.

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Associated British Ports Reboots Property Development Arm to Capitalize on Land Bank

Associated British Ports (ABP) – operator of 21 major ports throughout the United Kingdom – has announced a reboot of its ABP Property division, complete with a new team of specialists in commercial development and logistics led by Huw Turner, in order to identify and develop strategically significant locations in its 2,372 acre land bank.

ABP is owned in large part by a consortium of pensions and sovereign funds, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) at 33.88% ownership, OMERS at 30%, Singapore’s GIC Ventures Pte Ltd at 20.00% ownership, and the Kuwait Investment Authority at 10.00% ownership. Large institutional investors such as sovereign funds, pensions, and endowments have slowly increased allocation towards infrastructure over the past six years as an alternative to equities and bonds, according to asset allocation data from SWFI.

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