Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oman Investment Authority (OIA) in order to expand cooperation and investment between the two entities.
The MoU provides benefits and incentives for PIF and its portfolio companies, which intend to unlock investment opportunities in Oman.
The MoU also represents a significant milestone in PIF’s and OIA’s strategic partnership as it aims to expand PIF’s portfolio in Oman, building on the recent establishment of the Saudi Omani Investment Company (SOIC), a PIF-wholly owned company, which intends to invest up to $5 billion in promising sectors in Oman.
“This MoU is an important step in further strengthening the relationship between PIF and OIA to expand investment and cooperation in the fast-growing Omani economy. PIF aims to create long-term strategic partnerships in the region that support the creation of sustainable returns, deliver value to local economies, maximize PIF’s assets, and diversify the Saudi Arabian economy in line with Vision 2030.”
SOIC recently closed its first investment in Oman as a 20 percent anchor investor in Abraj Energy Services’ IPO and continues to seek other investment opportunities with OIA and its companies.
Through this MoU, PIF aims to streamline its investment activities in Oman across a wide range of asset classes and target industries.
The OIA is expected to explore attractive investment opportunities for cooperation and partnership with PIF, in addition to providing all aspects of support required in the Omani market.
Mr. Mulhem Basheer Al Jarf, Deputy President for Investment at OIA, said that, “This MoU builds on our existing relationship with PIF and enables greater cooperation, driving economic diversification in Saudi Arabia and Oman. It aims to facilitate partnership opportunities for the private sector in both countries, in alignment with OIA’s efforts to attract FDI to the Sultanate of Oman through Oman’s 2040 vision.”