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UAE Central Bank Issues Statement on Media Queries Over American Public Debt

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According to the Emirates News Agency, “Due to the controversy at the legislative authorities in the US, around the public debt of the US Government, we have received some questions from local and foreign media entities, said the Central Bank of the UAE in a statement.

It added that the Central Bank of the UAE currently possesses no U.S. treasury bonds or any other financial instruments issued by the U.S. government due to the very low return on holding these instruments.

“We believe that the debate on the U.S. public debt ceiling issue will end with a compromise solution before the deadline date”, the statement added.

It indicated that “We do not believe that it is necessary to imagine that the U.S. government may default on its debts given its enormous potential, and we had seen in the past under President Clinton, the U.S. economy’s ability to reduce its public debt.”

The statement noted that no fear on the U.S. dollar, although it is exposed to price fluctuations as it happens with all the major currencies. Despite the fact that the Central Bank foreign reserves are mostly denominated in U.S. dollars, they are invested mostly in non-US assets. Eventually these investments are not obligations on the U.S. government.

It added that there is no direct link between the dollar-denominated assets and the U.S. Government debt. The peg of the Dirham to the U.S. dollar is steady and consistent.”

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mumtalakat Discloses Investment in Khairat Bahrain

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Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company disclosed an investment in Sudan called Khairat Bahrain. This is an agricultural investment in Sudan. The food and agriculture sector is key investment sector for many Gulf-based state investors. Khairat Bahrain is located in the world’s richest expanse of groundwater (the Nubian Sandstone Basin) occupying an area of approximately 100,000 feddans (400 square kilometers). The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system.

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Temasek Acquires Cybersecurity Firm Sygnia

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings agreed to acquire Sygnia, Inc., an Israeli cybersecurity technology and services provider. Unverified estimates of the deal amount are around US$ 250 million. Sygnia runs out of Tel Aviv, but has an office in New York. Sygnia assists companies respond to cyber threats.

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