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Venezuela Brings Cash Reserves and Gold Back Home

Venezuela is fortunate enough to be the largest oil producer in Latin America being courted by several economic powers such as China, Russia, and Brazil.  The country is highly dependent on oil revenues and the price of oil. Nearly 95% of export earnings stem from oil revenues. With the excess petroleum wealth, the country had the ability to take on a myriad of socialist policies, increase military expenditures, and fund infrastructure projects. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has transformed the country in a matter of a decade to nearly a centrally planned economy. In fact, numerous foreign companies, especially in the oil sector were forced to be nationalized. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also made a statement to nationalize the gold industry in his country.

Recently, the South American nation approved plans to shift money and gold held abroad back to Banco Central de Venezuela. Sources believe $6.3 billion in cash reserves and at least 211 tons of gold are held internationally and are being moved.

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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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