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CIC, Vnesheconombank, RDIF and RCIF Signed MOU for Russian Projects and Investments

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The press release states, “State Corporation “Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs” (Vnesheconombank), The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), China Investment Corporation (CIC) and The Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which sets forth a number of principles to promote future cooperation on investments into infrastructure projects and projects in the Russian Far East Region.

Parties have set out three main investment themes that will provide the foundation for a range of future investments in the region. Investments will be focused on projects with growing demand for new infrastructure, logistics, as well as high value-added development and processing of natural resources, and leading manufacturing and services companies with strong credentials.

The signing ceremony took place in Moscow today in the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.

Vladimir Dmitriev, chairman of Vnesheconombank, said: “Together with our partners in China we have been financing Russian-Chinese development projects in priority sectors of the economy. These are primarily technology, innovation and energy efficiency amongst others. Our partnership is an important step towards greater economic cooperation between Russia and China.”

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO, The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) commented: “This opportunity will help to further attract long-term investments into the Russian economy, and will concentrate on investment and development of Russia’s Far East, including the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects.”

Gao Xiqing, Vice Chairman and President, China Investment Corporation (CIC) said: “This memorandum gives further impetus to the ongoing cooperation between CIC and its partners in Russia to jointly seek investment opportunities with attractive returns and win-win solution”.

Hu Bing, Co-CEO, The Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF) commented: “Today’s memorandum marks another significant step for the Russia-China Investment Fund. The growing demand for infrastructure in the Russian Far East offers excellent opportunities to deliver on the objectives set out in the memorandum to promote economic development and to achieve strong risk-adjusted returns for our investors”.

State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)’ was established in spring 2007 in accordance with the Russian Federal Law “On the Bank for Development” on the basis of Vnesheconombank USSR. The Bank’s activity is designed to remove economic growth infrastructure restrictions, modernize and boost non-raw materials economy, high-technology industries as well as to stimulate innovations and the export of high-tech products and implement projects in the special economic zones, projects in environment protection, provide support for small and medium-sized enterprises.”

Read more: Russian Direct Investment Fund Press Release

Japan’s GPIF Awards Nissay Asset Management with ESG Disclosure Mandate

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Increasingly asset owners across the Asia-Pacific region are studying the impacts of environmental, social, and governance factors on listed companies. As more Japanese pensions augment asset allocation to listed equities, the importance of corporate non-financial disclosures and practices becomes clear. These disclosures can have a material impression on company stock prices. In addition, Japanʼs Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code in 2014 and 2015 were launched, respectively. These codes helped the (environmental, social, and governance) ESG concept gain momentum in Japan.

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest public pension fund in the world, awarded a research mandate to Nissay Asset Management Corporation. The mandate entails studying ESG disclosures. The study will conduct a comparable analysis on ESG standards and practices, while taking into account input from both investors and companies. With around US$ 110.5 billion in assets under management, Nissay Asset Management is owned by Japanese life insurance giant Nippon Life Insurance Company.

As GPIF boosted its allocation to domestic equities, the asset owner took a deeper look into the impact of ESG on equity investing. GPIF is keen on improving efficiencies in Japan’s capital markets. GPIF is a universal owner of stocks, similar in some aspects to what Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) does.

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management Buys Central Paris Property

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Norges Bank Real Estate Management, the real estate unit of Norges Bank Investment Management (oversees Norway Global Pension Fund Global), has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in an office property located on 54-56 rue la Boétie in central Paris.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Schlumberger Gets Closer to Eurasia Drilling Company

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Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and American oilfield services giant Schlumberger (SLB) have planned a deal to invest in Russia’s Eurasia Drilling Company Limited. RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev made the announcement. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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