- Wessal Capital is a Moroccan private equity style investment fund established to invest in tourism and real estate projects in the Kingdom of Morocco
- The fund announces its first investment – a €530 million project to transform Casablanca’s port area
- Wessal Capital has a unique shareholding structure consisting of the Kingdom of Morocco through the Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development (FMDT), the United Arab Emirates through Aabar, the State of Kuwait through Al Ajial, the State of Qatar through Qatar Holding, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its Public Investment Fund (PIF)
- Shareholders’ equity commitments of €2.5 billion
The Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development announced on April 1, 2014, that Wessal Capital, the Moroccan private equity style investment fund, formally agreed its first investment of €530 million to redesign Casablanca’s harbor area. King Mohammed VI of Morocco presided over the signing ceremony for agreements related to “Wessal Casa-Port” in what is the first project undertaken by Wessal Capital.
Wessal Capital is an innovative investment fund established to fund tourism and real estate projects in Morocco, and it is part of the King’s vision to attract investment from around the world and demonstrate that the country is open for business. Wessal Capital’s structure allows large sophisticated investors, such as Sovereign Wealth Funds, to invest in a private equity style vehicle that has a clear investment strategy, high levels of governance and transparency.
The “Wessal Casa-Port” project is part of the government’s plan to develop the socio-economic environment in the city of Casablanca and enhance the day-to-day lives of its residents, while attracting tourists and business to Morocco’s largest city.
Wessal Capital is a partnership whose current equity is held in equal measure by sovereign wealth fund investors: the Kingdom of Morocco through the Moroccan Fund for Tourism Development (FMDT), the United Arab Emirates through Aabar, the State of Kuwait through Al Ajial, the State of Qatar through Qatar Holding, and more recently the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its Public Investment Fund (PIF). In total, Wessal Capital has €2.5 billion in shareholders’ equity commitments.
The partnership behind Wessal Capital has attracted the interest and support of major international financial institutions, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank, further consolidating Casablanca’s role as a leading financial center in Africa.
Morocco offers unrivaled opportunities for investors; the country is seen as politically stable and under the direction of the King is pursuing a radical modernisation and reform programme. Morocco also has a strong track record of delivering successfully major infrastructure projects.