Khalid al-Aboodi, chief executive officer of the Islamic Development Bank’s Islamic Corp. for the Development of the Private Sector, said the fund would be started in the third quarter and by the end of the year at the latest.
Al-Aboodi didn’t specify which countries but said they are distributed between the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia.
“We have chosen the 10 countries carefully and we already identified a couple of projects that we will invest in,” he added. “Once the fund is announced, work in the projects will commence.”
Islamic Corp., known as ICD, is the seed-investor of the fund and it will contribute a small portion of its capital. The rest will be gathered from private investors and governments, Al-Aboodi said.
“This fund will only invest in affordable housing. We have no intention to finance other type of real-estate projects,” he added.
source : Bloomberg