Wednesday 02, August 2017 by Matthew Amlôt

FSDEA retains high ranking on the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Transparency Index

The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) has retained a high ranking on the latest Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) Transparency Index ranking for Q2 2017, cementing its place in the league of better managed sovereign wealth funds.

Furthering its commitment to communicate regularly and transparently the state of its investments, assets and accounting records, FSDEA concluded the transition process from the country’s national accounting standards for financial institutions (CONTIF) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in 2016. This achievement makes the FSDEA the first Angolan institution to present financial statements in accordance with the rules of international financial and capital markets.

According to Hugo Gonçalves, Member of the Board of Directors of the FSDEA, “The positive evaluation of FSDEA by SWFI is a testament to its commitment to the highest standards of financial reporting worldwide. This quotation reflects the good understanding that international analysts and large institutional investors have about the domestic, regional and international investment strategy of the Fund.”

With the full adoption of IFRS in 2016, the FSDEA’s financial statements are now more comparable and consistent with those of other financial institutions at the international level. As a major investor in commercial infrastructure in the continent, it is imperative for the Fund to operate with ethically and a high degree of objectivity.

The Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index was developed by Carl Linaburg and Michael Maduell for the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute in 2008. It is an internationally recognised method of periodically rating the transparency of sovereign wealth funds. The examination is based upon ten-point criteria, including the disclosure of the policy, purpose of each Sovereign Wealth Fund and its source of capital, a clear regulatory oversight, regular independently audited annual reports, the establishment of ethical standards, the strategies and location of its investment and management compensation.

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