KIA's mission is to achieve long term investment returns on the financial reserves of the State of Kuwait, providing an alternative to oil reserves and enabling Kuwait’s future generations to face the uncertainties of the future with greater confidence, while meeting the principal objective of KIA’s establishment as enshrined in Law No.47/1982.
Our Principles in Conducting Business
KIA is a performance-oriented, government-owned institution committed to delivering international standard investment returns and achieving excellence in the way it does business. It is by this standard, and those listed below, that KIA measures itself:
KIA staff members understand the importance of honoring their duty and commitment to preserve and grow the assets KIA has been entrusted with. This means that the staff fully abides by the code of ethics, maintains professional and honest conduct, and remains vigilant about the interests of the organization and of Kuwait.
2. Social Responsibility
KIA recognizes that its policies and actions set the precedents for other investment companies in Kuwait and help to portray a positive image of Kuwait abroad. Therefore, it is KIA's duty to analyze the social and economic impact of its decisions, and the manner in which such decisions are taken.
3. Rules and Procedures
KIA's rules, procedures and code of conduct are meant to be respected and honored by its staff without restricting appropriate flexibility, and aim to set exemplary standards for professional behavior, prudence and careful decision making to minimize risk. The code of conduct is periodically revised to maintain optimal efficiency while managing risk.
4. Empowerment and Accountability
As in the private sector, accountability and rewarding excellence are both vital to motivating the best talent and driving KIA in the right direction. Accordingly, staff members are highly encouraged to devise appropriate benchmarks, set realistic targets, and be responsible for their performance. As a result, staff are rewarded for achievements and commitment.
5. Communication and team Work
Teamwork, collaboration, and information sharing are vital to maintaining a cohesive organization, promoting creativity, and bringing out the best in each staff member. Such an environment minimizes politics and partisanship.
Knowledge is essential for maximizing investment returns in a constantly changing global economy. It is the responsibility of each staff member to remain informed and updated on his or her area of expertise so as to recognize new market trends, investment instruments and emerging investment ideas. As an organization, KIA provides its staff members with the tools and the means to acquire such knowledge through appropriate training resources.
7. Due Diligence
Although the outcome of any investment decision is unpredictable, it is the organization’s duty to identify and understand the drivers and the risks of any investment through a process of analysis and information validation.
8. Decision Making
KIA‘s most experienced staff members are always involved, across all layers of management, in the investment decision-making process. The objective is to enforce strict, consistent analysis and investment discipline to ensure compliance with the objectives of the organization, avoiding over-emphasizing the influence of any single individual.
KIA’s role is to create an environment that will nurture and develop the leaders of tomorrow and enable them to achieve the best management practices and tactics in every sector of the economy.
Guidance is provided through encouragement, development, mentoring and support to fledging industries with the intention of encouraging private sector participation in such fields.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL
LAW NO.47 OF 1982, ESTABLISHING
THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT AUTHORITY
[now known as the “ Kuwait Investment Authority]
Having perused Articles 20, 65, 79, 109, 148, 156, 178 of the Constitution,
And Law No. 30 of 1964, Establishing the Audit Bureau, as amended be Decree Law No. 4 for 1977,
And Law No. 22 of 1968, Concerning Currency, the Kuwait Central Bank and the Regulation of the Banking Profession, as amended be Decree Law no. 120 of 1977,
And Law No. 32 of 1970, Concerning the Regulation of Dealings in Securities of Companies,
And Decree Law No. 106 of 1976, Concerning the Future Generations Fund,
And Decree Law No. 31 of 1978, Relating to the Rules for Preparation of Public Budgets and Control of its Implementation and of the State’s Annual Account,
And Decree Law No. 15 of 1979, Concerning Civil Service,
And Decree Law No. 68 of 1980, Promulgating the Law of Commerce,
The National Assembly has passed the Law, the text of which reproduced below, and we have sanctioned and enacted the same:
An independent public authority shall be established with juridical status to be named the “Public Investment Authority” and be attached to the Minister of Finance.
The seat of the authority shall be in the State of Kuwait and it may set up offices outside the State of Kuwait.
The objective of the Authority is to undertake, in the name and for the account of the Government of Kuwait, the management of the State’s Reserve Fund, the monies allocated for the Future Generations Fund, as well as such other monies that the Minister of Finance may entrust the Authority with its management.
The Authority shall be managed by a Board of Directors which shall be composed of the Minister of Finance, as Chairman, the Minister of Oil, the under-Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank, as well as five other members from among those Kuwaitis specialized in various fields of investment, to be appointed by an Amiri Decree for a four-year term, who may be re-appointed, provided that at least three of them do not hold any public office.
The Board of Directors is the body responsible for the affairs of the Authority and has all powers necessary for attaining its objectives, and in particular, the following:
a. Formulation of the general policy of the Authority and supervision of its implementation, preparation and follow-up of investment programs, and issue of decisions necessary thereto.
b. Adoption of financial and administrative regulations necessary for the authority and supervision of its implementation.
c. Undertaking of various transactions of assets investment whether directly or through other establishments.
d. Approval of the Authority’s draft budget and its annual accounts, before their submission to the competent authorities.
The Board of Directors shall be convened upon an invitation by its Chairman, and the meeting shall not be valid unless attended by the majority of members, provided the Chairman of the Board being among them. The resolutions of the Board of Directors shall be passed by an absolute majority of the members present, and in case of a draw, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.
The Board of Directors must be invited for meeting at least four times a year, by a notice of at least three days prior to the date set for the meeting.
The Chairman of the Board of directors shall submit the draft budget of the Authority to the council of Ministers together with a detailed report on the activities of the Authority and the position of the invested assets, to include an evaluation of its performance on the basis of the established investment programs and in the light of the public policy for long-term development.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall represent the Authority before the judiciary and in its relations with third parties. He will also supervise the management of its business, and in so doing he shall have the powers vested in him in accordance with the regulations of the Authority, and he may delegate some of these powers to the Managing Director of the Authority.
The Board of directors shall, upon the nomination by the Chairman of the Board appoint a Managing Director for the Authority from among those members of the Board who are not ex-officio members, and shall determine his remunerations and conditions of service. The Managing Director shall be responsible before the Board for the business of the Authority, and he shall supervise the execution of the policy and decisions of the board in accordance with the regulations passed by the Board.
The Board of Directors may, upon the nomination by the Chairman of the Board, appoint one or more Kuwaiti mangers to assist the Managing Director, and shall determine their remunerations and conditions of service.
The Managing director and the managers shall work full-time for the Authority, and neither of them may, during his term of office, undertake any work, with or without pay, except for the Authority and may not carry on any commercial, industrial or professional work.
The Authority shall have the body of personnel, in which the employees are appointed in accordance with the regulations adopted by the Board of Directors, but without prejudice to the provisions of Articles 5 and 38 of Decree Law No. 15 of 1979 Concerning Civil Service.
The members of the Board of Directors, the employees of the Authority or any of those participating in any form in its activities, may not disclose data or information about their work or the position of the invested assets, without a written permission from the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and this prohibition remains in force even after cessation of the relation of the person with the business of the Authority.
Without prejudice to any heavier punishment whoever divulges any of the secrets of the work of the Authority or data or information of which he became aware, by virtue of his work at the Authority, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period not exceeding three years.
The Authority shall have a supplementary budget, the revenues of which shall consist of the sums allocated to it by the State in the Public Budget.
The fiscal year of the Authority shall correspond to the fiscal year of the State.However, the first fiscal year shall deemed to run from the effective date of this Law till the end of June of the fiscal year which follows.
The Board of directors shall prescribe the annual accountancy rules and procedures.
The advance audit regulations stipulated in the referenced Law No. 30 of 1964,Shall not apply to the works of the Authority, but this is without prejudice to the powers of the Audit Bureau to examine the Authority’s account without interference in the conduct of its functions or policy.
The Authority shall have one or more auditor who shall be from the certified accountants and the Board of Directors shall appoint him, upon the nomination by the Minister of Finance, and determine his fees, and he is to audit the accounts of the fiscal year for which he is appointed.
The Prime Minister and the Ministers shall, each within his capacity, execute the provisions of this Law which shall be published in the Official Gazette, and shall take effect from the date of its publication.
AMIR OF KUWAIT
Issued at Al-Seif Palace on 21 Sha’ban, 1402 Hijra
Corresponding to 13 June, 1982 AD
*Published in the Official Gazette “Al-Kuwait Al-Youm” issue No.1422,28th year
Kuwait Investment Authority
22nd October, 1998