Investing for growth
Qatar has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies over the last decade, with real GDP growth averaging 16.2% per annum from 2005 to 2011. Although these stellar growth rates are expected to moderate somewhat going forward, as gas and condensate production capacity targets have been achieved, economic prospects remain strong, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasting further real GDP growth of 4.9% in 2013 and 5.1% in 2014, particularly underpinned by the strength of the non-hydrocarbon sector.
As the world's largest exporter of LNG in 2012, and the richest country in the world on a GDP per capita basis, Qatar is investing substantial revenues generated from its natural resources into local projects and infrastructure in order to support the creation of a diverse and sustainable domestic economy.
About the Fund
A London Stock Exchange listed company, the Qatar Investment Fund’s primary objective is to achieve long term capital growth by investing in Qatari equities.
Underpinned by an estimated US$16.7trn of proven hydrocarbon reserves (BP Statistical Review 2010/ QFC) Qatar has identified a pipeline of over US$150bn of local infrastructure projects designed to transform Qatar from a petrochemical powerhouse into a broad-based and sustainable business hub.
The Qatar Exchange is growing fast and will soon be elevated to Emerging Market - from Frontier Market - status by MSCI which will widen the number of potential investors for the fund.