08/03/2008 11:35 PM | Reuters

Kuwait City: Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund, plans to as much as triple investments in Japan to $48 billion, state news agency KUNA quoted the finance minister as saying on Sunday.

Kuwait invests about $15 billion to $16 billion in Japan, KUNA reported Mustafa Al Shamali, touring Asia with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, as saying. “KIA has an intention to double or triple its investment in the Japanese market.”

The increased investments would follow an agreement to avoid double taxation between the two countries, which would help strengthen investment flows, Al Shamali said.

Both countries had agreed in principle to sign the taxation deal, he added, without saying when a final deal would be reached.

KIA was looking at investments in Japan’s real estate sector and stock market, as well as other direct investments after having focused on stocks and bonds in the Asian country, Al Shamali said, without giving details.

A KIA spokesman was not immediately available for comment.


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