Kuwait's KIA looking at Asia investment

KUWAIT - Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund is not planning to invest in any future agency debt of U.S. mortgage giants Fannie Mae FMN.N and Freddie Mac FRE.N, the country's finance minister said on Thursday.

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Published: Thu 17 Jul 2008, 7:47 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:50 PM

Speaking to reporters after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Mustapha al-Shamali said the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) was considering boosting investments in Asia, particularly in Japan, India and China.

KIA, which manages Kuwait's massive oil generated-assets, is looking at stocks, bonds and real estate in Japan, and all sectors in India and China, Shamali said.

"China, India and Asia in general are new markets, growing and promising markets for the future, and investment returns are good there," he said.

"We were looking purely into financial and investment sectors and many investments went to equities and bonds. Now we are thinking in bigger sectors, maybe we can go to real estate," he said when asked about investments specifically in Japan.

When asked about sectors Kuwait was considering for investment in China and India, he said: "All sectors, we are not looking into a specific sector... all areas are open."

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