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Trinidad and Tobago’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Reaches the US$ 5 Billion Mark

Although Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Heritage and Stabilisation Fund (HSF) report isn’t due for another few months, Finance Minister Larry Howai has been quoting the fund value in a number of reports.

The first notable mention was in a budget report issued on September 9th, 2013. Howai credited “consistent and strong earnings” for the sovereign wealth fund’s impressive growth. Comparing the previous year’s statement, the fund grew from US$ 4.712 billion to US$ 5 billion with US$ 42 million in government contributions. The number was also reported in an appropriation bill issued on September 20th, 2013.

The contributions represent a significant decrease in government injections into the fund. According to reports issued by the HSF, US$ 451.4 million and US$ 207.5 were contributed to the fund in FY 2011 and FY 2012, respectively.

However, the Caribbean institutional investor has until the end of October for another cash contribution according to rules outlined in The Heritage and Stabilisation Fund Act. No. 6 – 2007 Section 13(2).

Representatives from the HSF didn’t respond to repeated attempts from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute to confirm the numbers quoted in the two reports.

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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