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World Ocean Council Looking to Engage Investors

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The World Ocean Council, a registered not-for-profit organization, issued a press release on May 1, 2016. World Ocean Council CEO Paul Holthus participated as a panelist at SWFI’s Institute Fund Summit 2016 Asia in Singapore.

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The press release states, “In the keynote interview at the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Summit (SWFI) – Singapore, 24-25 April, 2016 – the World Ocean Council (WOC) CEO, Paul Holthus, described for institutional investors the opportunities for investing in responsible ocean economic development.

Holthus provided an overview of the ocean economy and recent trends for wealth fund operators and asset managers during the interview conducted by Jacques Demers, Managing Partner of Agawa Partners and Agawa Fund Management. He highlighted the opportunities for long term investment in key sectors, including port infrastructure development and adaptation, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, offshore renewable energy and other areas.

Carl Linaburg, Chairman of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, said, “Our Institute has been actively supporting and conducting research into the potential for fiduciary institutional investors to pursue ocean focused investment opportunities. Paul’s introduction, at our Asia Institute Summit, of both the World Ocean Council and the range and scale of potential ocean related investment opportunities was a serious “eye-opener” that our members and participants fully welcomed and appreciated”.

The plans for the WOC “Ocean Investment Platform” were outlined to the SWFI Summit participants. The platform development follows on from the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2015 session on “Investment and innovation for ocean sustainable development”. The WOC “Ocean Investment Platform” will provide a global structure and process to bring the investment community together with major ocean use companies and the companies providing the technology and solutions for ocean sustainable development challenges.

The platform will be a forum to identify, articulate and evaluate ocean industry opportunities for investment in responsible ocean development. Through this, and collaboration with other forward-thinking platforms such as the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, the WOC will facilitate synergies and economies of scale among investors and the ocean business community as a way to accelerate ocean sustainable development.”

Allianz Joins UK Student Housing Platform

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Since 2010, a rush of foreign capital has been plowed into the U.K. student housing market. On June 22, 2018, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) sold an interest in their joint venture called Chapter to Allianz. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Turkish President Erdogan Wins Re-Election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won re-election, collecting 53% of the votes, while his closest rival Muharrem Ince generated a vote count of 31% – this is with 99% of the votes counted, according to Turkish state media Anadolu.

Erdogan gave a victory speech in Ankara, commenting, “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens.”

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Will Sovereign Funds Capture Opportunity in Trump’s Space Force?

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U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on making a mark in the defense industry by launching a Space Force (joining – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) – attempting to ensure American dominance in space. Morgan Stanley eyes a potential windfall, seeing a US$ 1 trillion economy brewing. Morgan Stanley released a note to clients commenting that a Space Force, “could address critical vulnerabilities in national security, raising investor awareness in the formation of what we see as the next trillion-dollar economy.”

Sovereign wealth funds and other asset owners are major financial backers of semiconductors, defense, and companies focused on satellites and rockets. According to SWFI data, since 2014, there has been an increase in direct sovereign wealth fund investment in the aerospace and defense industry. In 2017, sovereign funds directly invested US$ 4.76 billion in aerospace and defense.

On June 18th, President Trump said, “Very importantly, I’m here by directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.”

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From a sovereign wealth fund perspective, many wealth funds are active in investing strategically in the aerospace and defense arena. Mubadala Investment Company has been active in aerospace investments such as Piaggio Aerospace SpA, while SoftBank Group has tremendous exposure to artificial intelligence companies and semiconductors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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