Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Potential Gambit on U.S. Infrastructure

Institutional investors, including sovereign funds and state pensions, are thirsting for U.S. President Donald Trump to lay out a concise plan for accessing American infrastructure. Countries such as Canada, China, Japan, Qatar and now Saudi Arabia have made it clear publicly and through channels to signal a desire to move institutional capital to fund much-needed U.S. infrastructure.

With Saudi oil wealth being confronted by increased North American shale production, a continued slump in oil prices and the adoption of renewable energy consumption in the U.S. and Western Europe, the country has a multi-part plan to diversify revenue streams. In Saudi Arabia, the thirty-one-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud has been working to modernize state-owned entities and operations in the country. One area of intense local debate is where Saudi Arabia could put its earnings from the planned 2018 initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco. Saudi Aramco hopes to raise US$ 100 billion in its IPO, selling off a 5% stake.

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