13 Sep 2017 - 15:36
Qatar Investment Authority says most of future US investments in infrastructure
DOHA: The Qatar Investment Authority has deployed more than half of the $45 billion earmarked for the United States since 2015 and most of its future investments will go to the infrastructure sector, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
“Back in 2015 I committed to invest $45 billion in the next five years. Now I can say we’ve deployed more than 50 percent,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohamed bin Saud al-Thani told an audience in a speech at Carnegie Mellon University Qatar.
He later told reporters most of the remaining money allocated for the United States is being invested in the infrastructure sector.
Qatar’s interest in infrastructure comes amid President Donald Trump’s pledge to speed approvals for highways and other projects as part of his proposal for a $1 trillion boost to fix aging US infrastructure.
Al Thani said QIA has not divested from any banks. QIA holds stakes in Credit Suisse, Barclays and in major Qatari banks.
Last month he was quoted as saying there were no plans to liquidate foreign assets—as some investors had speculated— and that the fund would soon announce big new international investments.