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Development of smart ports in Africa

Apr 21 , 2022  |  By Mandira Bagwandeen

If not for the fact that it is building West Africa's largest deep water port and free trade zone, Tolaram Group would be best known as the company which taught Africans how to savour instant noodles.


Tags: Ports

Tolaram's free zone invites Singapore firms to invest in Africa

May 27 , 2021  |  By The Straits Times

If not for the fact that it is building West Africa's largest deep water port and free trade zone, Tolaram Group would be best known as the company which taught Africans how to savour instant noodles.


Tags: Ports

Africa’s ports shrug off Covid-19 and Suez crisis

May 6 , 2021  |  By African Business

Despite the effects of Covid-19 and the recent blockage of the Suez Canal, Africa’s ports are expanding faster than at any time in their history.


Indonesia sets up new ministry to make country more investor-friendly

May 5 , 2021  |  By The Business Times

The newly appointed Minister of Investment, who will retain his current position as chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said his new portfolio will include pushing for investments from small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).


Tags: Ports

DP World to start development of Banana Port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

March 11 , 2021  |  By Maritim Africa

DP World is set to start the development of the deep sea port at Banana, following agreement on amendments to the initial contract between the company and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Tags: SEZ

New programme launched to help manufacturers grow footprint in region, diversify supply chain

Feb 3 , 2021  |  By The Straits Times

Global manufacturers will be able to tap a network of industrial parks in Singapore and the region under a new programme that aims to help them expand their business in South-east Asia and diversify their supply chain.


Singapore bags S$17.2b in fixed asset investment commitments in 2020

Jan 21 , 2021  |  By The Business Times

Figure is far above EDB's medium to long-term annual goal of S$8b to S$10b; electronics and chemicals are top sources of commitments.

SINGAPORE secured S$17.2 billion in fixed asset investment (FAI) in 2020, far above the Singapore Economic Development Board's (EDB) medium to long-term investment commitment annual goal of S$8 billion to S$10 billion, the EDB said at its year-in-review on Wednesday.

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How Indonesia's new SWF aims to Raise Infra Funds

Oct 14 , 2020  |  By AsianInvestor

Indonesia has a new sovereign wealth fund (SWF) to act as a conduit for infrastructure investment via different investors and investment paths. With $2 billion worth of cash injected by the government and another $3 billion worth of assets from state organisations, there is still a need to solicit an additional $15 billion from foreign investments.

Countries like Japan, United Arab Emirates and the United States have shown their interest in investing in the SWF. Other potential partners include Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank.


Temasek establishes new multi-asset, multi-strategy asset management group

Oct 6 , 2020  |  By Temasek Holdings

Temasek establishes Seviora Holdings Pte.Ltd ("Seviora", a newly created asset management group, headquartered in Singapore, that will offer a broad range of multi-asset and multi-strategy investment expertise. Existing asset management companies currently wholly-owned by, or affiliated to, Temasek will be organised under the new holding company.


Tags:Port & Maritime , Sustainability

Trafigura plans $2bn renewables push

Oct 5 , 2020  |  By The Financial Times

With increased global awareness of environmental sustainability, Trafigura is starting to reposition its business and invest in more sustainable energy resources such as wind and solar. Trafigura has joined forces with IFM Investors to set up a joint venture Nala Renewables to develop projects from scratch as well as acquire assets and companies that are aligned with their new business position. It expects to invest roughly $2bn by 2025. Trafigura also plans to build or buy 2 gigawatts of solar, wind, and power storage projects over the next few years. 

Jeremy Weir, Trafigura executive chairman and chief executive, said that "Power and renewable energy could emerge as a third pillar to its business, alongside its core metals and oil and gas units. "


Tags: Government, Singapore, Infrastructure

HDB names three new board members, reappoints chairman

Oct 1 , 2020  |  By The Business Times 

The Singapore Housing Development Board (HDB) has recently reappointed its chairman and several other directors while introducing three new board members. The new term of the HDB board will be from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022.

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Tags: SWFFunds

Bank behind world's first green bond is set to blaze a new trail

Sep 30, 2020  |  By The Business Times 

Nordic banks such as SEB and Nordea Bank Abp are competing to be the first to introduce the new debt instrument which, unlike green bonds, does not target a specific green project but instead links borrowing costs to environmental, social or governance goals. 


SEB AB expects to be the first to arrange a sustainability-linked bond in the Nordic region.The pipeline of deals would add supply to a market that's struggled to keep up with investor demand.


Tags: SWF, Bonds

Temasek issuing new bonds with record 50-year tenor

Sep 30, 2020  |  By The Business Times 

Temasek Holdings is offering a three tranche offering of senior unsecured US dollar (USD) bonds which includes a 10-year, 30.5-year and 50-year tenor. The 50-year bond is the longest tenor ever offered by Temasek Holdings. 


The deal will be unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by the state investment firm. The new bonds will be issued under Temasek Financial (I) Limited (TFin-l)’s - Temasek’s wholly owned subsidiary, US$25 billion guaranteed global medium-long note programme. 

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Djibouti lance son Fonds souverain

Sep 17, 2020  |  By Magazine de L'Afrique

Le Fonds souverain de Djibouti est désormais une réalité. Regroupant, dans un premier temps, des instruments existants, il permettra de financer de grands projets de développement pour le pays, aux ambitions intactes. Le Fonds sera géré par le Sénégalais Mamadou Mbaye.


Tags: Investment, Funds Infrastructure 

Clifford Capital Holdings announces US$95 million investment from ADB

Sep 17, 2020  |  By The Straits Times and CCH Press Release

Asian Development Bank will be injecting US$95 million (S$129 million) into Clifford Capital Holdings, marking its first investment in a local entity following the launch of their Singapore office. This investment enhances CCH’s business capabilities, especially in providing innovative financing solutions to address the substantial infrastructure financing gap in Asia.


Trafigura Invests in Port of Berbera

Sep 15, 2020  |  By The Maritime Executive

Global energy trading house Trafigura has made the first step towards a planned oil terminal investment at the port of Berbera, Somaliland, the self-governing region in the northeastern corner of Somalia. 


Trafigura wants to upgrade Berbera's oil terminal in phases to expand its storage capacity, and eventually it will use the site to import jet fuel and LPG for local and regional use. Its plans also include dredging the berth to allow larger vessels to be received.


Somaliland is experiencing growing demand, and the government hopes to see Berbera become a hub for liquid bulk and other cargo.

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Sovereigns raid rainy day funds for $100 billion after Covid-19 storm

Sep 14, 2020  |  By Reuters

The twin blow of the commodities collapse and the pandemic, which stalled much economic activity for months, has resulted in countries dipping into sovereign wealth funds for more than $100 billion , and that figure could swell as budget pressures mount for some emerging markets.

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Tags: FDI, Singapore

Singapore continues to draw investments from global players including Tiktok owner Byte Dance, Paypal 

Sep 12, 2020  |  By The Straits Times

Despite the dismal global economic climate, Singapore’s business-friendly reputation continues to draw foreign investments - particularly from the technology sector. In the first half of this year alone, the Republic has drawn about $14.3 billion in fixed-asset investments - about 95% of the total investment commitments for the whole of last year.


Among the firms upping their stakes in Singapore is German logistics firm DB Schenker and Chinese tech start-up ByteDance. 

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Tags: Ports & Maritime, Singapore

Singapore tops world's shipping centre rankings in 2018

Jul 10, 2018  |  By Singapore Business Review

It performed the best in terms of its shipping business services. Singapore is considered the best shipping centre for four years in a row already, a study by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua revealed.


Tags: Ports & Maritime, Singapore

Temasek buys stake in Adani Ports

Jun 29, 2018  |  By The Hindu

Singapore-based investment firm Temasek Holdings has acquired stake worth ₹1,000 crore in Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone through open-market transactions, block deal data available with BSE showed.


Tags: Government branding, Asia

Asian governments must escape the 'state capacity' trap

Jun 20, 2018  |  By James Crabtree, Nikkei Asian Review

Mahathir has a golden opportunity to build legitimacy for economic development.


Tags: Funds

Can Green Finance Fill The $18 Trillion Infrastructure Investment Gap?

Mar 23, 2018  |  By Felicia Jackson, Forbes

Hundreds of trillions of dollars are needed for infrastructure investment over the next few decades.  A new campaign, The Green Bond Pledge, has launched to encourage cities, governments and corporations to fund this need through bond issues aligned with climate and emissions goals.


Tags: Infrastructure, Singapore

Singapore pips London, New York to top global smart city ranking

Mar 13, 2018  |  By Navin Sregantan, The Straits Times

By beating London and New York, Singapore has emerged top in a global smart city performance ranking in 2017, according to a study by market researcher Juniper Research.


Free trade zones on agenda for BRICS

Sep 1, 2017  |  By Wang Yanfei, China Daily

In their upcoming summit, BRICS countries are expected to discuss using free trade zones as an early, practical step toward fulfilling their goal of enhancing regional trade and investment, experts at high-level government think tanks said on Thursday.


Tags: Singapore

EDB appoints economic envoys to offer advice on S'pore, Asia

Jul 11, 2017  |  By Neo Chai Chin, TODAY Online

MUNICH — Consumers may not be familiar with Dr Heinz-Juergen Bertram’s company, Symrise, but chances are they have tasted flavours or used fragrances produced by the firm.


Tags: FDI, Singapore

Singapore remains a top FDI destination globally

Feb 14, 2017  |  By Chuang Peck Ming, The Business Times

The Economic Development Board reported just over a week ago that foreign investment commitments in Singapore slipped in 2016 to their lowest level in recent years.


Tags: Government branding

How to create a brand for a country

Jul 13, 2013  |  By: Marlet D. Salazar, Philippine Daily Inquirer

A brand for a country goes beyond a catchy slogan or memorable theme song although these surely helps.

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