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 Saudi and Bahrain SWFs Sign MoU to Enable New Investment Opportunities


Saudi and Bahrain SWFs Sign MoU to Enable New Investment Opportunities

Two Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) in the GCC region – Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Holding Company – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which aims to expand cooperation between the two state-owned funds and enable new and promising investment opportunities in Bahrain.

The MoU follows the establishment of the Saudi-Bahraini Investment Company – a PIF subsidiary – which aims to invest up to $5 billion in multiple promising sectors in Bahrain. The company has recently inaugurated its office, in Manama, to expand its range of investment activities.  

The MoU further provides multiple benefits to PIF and its portfolio companies, by providing investment opportunities aimed at enhancing PIF’s investments in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It also allows for the creation of additional opportunities for the private sector in both countries.

Mumtalakat Holding Company’s CEO Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said that this cooperation is an extension of the strong relations that bring the two Kingdoms together. The MoU aims to enhance cooperation between Mumtalakat and PIF by establishing strategic partnerships and stimulating partnership opportunities for the private sector to support the diversification of the economy in the two brotherly countries.

“This is also in line with Mumtalakat’s efforts to invest in promising economic sectors, provide quality job opportunities, continue to contribute to the national economy, and work towards achieving the goals of Bahrain Vision 2030,” he added.

Yazeed A Al-Humied, Deputy Governor and Head of MENA Investments at PIF, said that the agreement is an important step that aims to contribute to enhancing collaboration and investment opportunities in various sectors in Bahrain.

“The MoU also supports PIF’s objectives of building long-term strategic regional partnerships that bring additional value to local economies and which create more partnership opportunities for the private sector. It also enables the achievement of sustainable returns that further contribute to maximizing PIF’s assets and diversifying the economy in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030,” he explained.

Through this agreement, PIF seeks to increase its investments in multiple targeted sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain, while Mumtalakat aims to explore attractive investment opportunities for cooperation and partnership with PIF.

Strong Trade Ties

According to Bahrain-Saudi Business Council, trade exchanges between the two neighbouring countries reached $3.9 billion in 2022. The volume of trade exchanges grew by 19% in 2021 to top $3.43 billion, up from $2.88 billion in 2020, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Chairman Samir Abdulla Nass said.

“Bahrain’s exports also topped $3 billion, making Saudi Arabia the biggest partner for Bahrain’s exports and the seventh for imports,” Nass added.

PIF is one of the largest and most impactful sovereign wealth funds in the world. It plays a leading role in advancing Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation and diversification, as well as contributing to shaping the future of the global economy. Since 2017, PIF has established 93 companies in 13 strategic sectors locally and globally.

Mumtalakat Holding Company owns shares in more than 50 commercial companies covering a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, real estate and tourism, logistics, technology and media, communications, financial services, public services, consumer goods, healthcare, and education.

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