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Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund Allocates to Indonesian Real Estate

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and Rajawali Group, one of the biggest investment companies in Indonesia, have penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly invest up to US$ 500 million in equity toward property developments in Indonesia. The focus will be on developments in central business districts throughout Indonesia. Types of real estate will include office, retail, residential and mixed-use developments.

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The GIC and Rajawali have worked together in the past. Both entities worked on the development of a 47-story grade A office tower, called Capital Place, in Jalan Jenderal Gatot Subroto in Jakarta.

In a press release, Loh Wai Keong, Co-Head, Asia, GIC Real Estate, commented, “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with Rajawali, one of the leading investors in Indonesia. GIC is confident in Indonesia’s long-term growth potential and believe we can create value through the acquisition of assets in prime locations and active asset management. An integral part of our investment strategy is to build long-term partnership with reputable local partners with strong track records like Rajawali, who also share our investment values.”

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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