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Oman launches $5 billion 'Future Fund' in sign of economic progress

Oman’s economy is improving by some metrics as the Gulf state seeks to diversify.

Oman’s non-oil sector is about to get a boost via a new multibillion-dollar fund focused on domestic projects, following signs of economic improvement in the Gulf country.

The Oman Investment Authority announced the $5.2 billion Future Fund of Oman on Tuesday. The fund will be deployed over the next five years at an annual rate of around $1 billion. It will invest 90% of its capital directly in “commercially and economically viable new or existing large-scale projects.” Another 7% of the capital will be invested in small and medium-sized enterprises, and the remaining 3% will go to startups, the authority said in a press release.

The Future Fund of Oman will focus on the following sectors in support of the country’s economic objectives, according to the release: tourism, manufacturing, green energy, fishing, agriculture, ports and logistics, mining and information and communication technology.

The Oman Investment Authority serves as Muscat’s investment arm. It had nearly $17.9 billion in assets as of 2022, according to its website.

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