S.Korea signs MOU with Abu Dhabi wealth fund

SEOUL, March 29 (Reuters) - SEOUL, March 29 Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:29pm EDT

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SEOUL, March 29 (Reuters) - SEOUL, March 29 (Reuters) - South Korea has agreed to team up with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, for joint investments, a South Korean presidential committee said.

The alliance could pave the way for South Korea's state-run funds such as National Pension Service (NPS) and Korea Investment Corp (KIC) to expand their presence in the global financial market.

Ahn Chang-kuk, an official at the Presidential Council for Future & Vision, said the committee had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Abu Dhabi government for partnership in securing the rights to develop oil fields earlier this month. [ID:nL3E7EE06L]

The deal includes allowing ADIA to invest through a local brokerage in South Korea.

NPS, the world's No.4 pension fund with more than 300 trillion won ($269.7 billion), is looking to boost its overseas investments in such sectors such as resources development. ( $1=1112.1 Won) (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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