Image via CrunchBaseFranklin Templeton emerging markets veteran Mark Mobius is looking to invest in Iraq in the next year, just as soon as he can persuade a custodian bank to set up there.
Speaking at a press briefing to mark the 20th anniversary of his UK investment trust, TEMIT, Mobius spoke of the next growth markets he was interested in for his frontier markets funds.
'In the frontier markets you have to look at Africa, and countries like Nigeria and Kenya.' he says. 'Also in the Middle East, countries like Iraq, Iran and Syria are all potential growth targets going forward, although it doesn’t seem plausible right now.
'Iran has lot of potential. We are also looking at Iraq, though we are not invested there now. We would have to convince a custodian bank to set up there though, and make sure the walls of the safe are thick enough... It could be six months to a year until that really comes together, and volumes would be small when it does.'