Indian Summer: Sovereign Investors Flock to the Next Global Economic Power

February 13, 2019 by Daniel Brett

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India’s infrastructure is creaking under the weight of rapid urbanization and industrialization. A rapidly growing population of more than one billion with a burgeoning middle-class and brisk growth in household consumption is escalating the need for offices and homes for workers, electricity to power industry, and transport infrastructure to bind the economy together. With their financial muscle and long-term investment horizons, sovereign investors are stepping in to help plug the yawning infrastructural deficit of the world's next global economic power. Infrastructure: Opening Up to Foreign Investment Interest among sovereign investors only seems to grow. In recent days, Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the Middle Eastern state’s $590 billion oil-backed sovereign wealth fund, announced plans to triple its India investments, focusing on infrastructure, airports and highways. KIA has invested about $2 billion in India since 2017 as the fund seeks to capitalize on India’s high growth potential. Saudi Arabia’s de…

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