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Egypt Nile Capital, Qatari royal to form education fund

A fund of up to $300 million is set to be established to invest in education across the Middle East and North Africa

Reuters, Monday 15 Oct 2012
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Egypt-based Nile Capital is teaming up with a member of Qatar's royal family to establish a fund of up to $300 million that will invest in education across the Middle East and North Africa, a senior Nile Capital executive said on Monday.

Nile Capital Qatar, a partnership between the Egyptian investment firm and Sheikh Jabr bin Hamad al-Thani, the eldest son of the prime minister of Qatar, expects to raise close to $150 million for the fund's first closing by the end of the first quarter next year, said managing director Basel Roshdy.

"The fund will have a target size between $250 million and $300 million and will invest in 10-12 education deals within three years," he said in an interview.

Nile Capital Qatar will seek investment from financial institutions and wealthy individuals, Roshdy said, adding that it would focus on projects in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)countries, Egypt and the Levant.

GCC governments have been boosting spending on education as they seek to diversify their economies away from oil and reduce unemployment among their citizens. North African governments are also keen to cut unemployment in their young and rapidly growing populations.

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