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Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund should look 'beyond infrastructure'

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 5, 2021   /  07:58 am
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Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund should diversify its investment beyond infrastructure projects to attract foreign capital, while maintaining transparency, according to the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef). Indef economist Eko Listiyanto said that while infrastructure projects were still profitable, the global trend showed that sovereign wealth funds invested more in private equity than infrastructure, citing International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Fund (IFSWF) data. The organization’s annual review in 2019 showed that the global sovereign wealth fund investment in infrastructure declined to 12.8 percent of the total investment in 2019 from 20.7 percent in 2015, while investment in private equity grew to 61.9 percent form 41.4 percent over the same period. Meanwhile, based on the trend in the last three years, investors have been i...