Palestine Investment Fund

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Palestine Investment Fund
Native name
صندوق الاستثمار الفلسطيني
IndustrySovereign wealth fund
Founded2003; 21 years ago (2003)
Key people
Mohammad Mustafa, Chairman and Co-President
Total assets$800m (2010)

The Palestine Investment Fund (Arabic: صندوق الاستثمار الفلسطيني, PIF) is an independent investment company aiming to strengthen the Palestinian economy through strategic investments, while maximising long-run returns for its ultimate shareholder; the people of Palestine.[1] Established in 2003, it was created by a transfer of assets previously managed by the Palestinian Authority.[2] Since January 2009, Mohammad Mustafa has been the chairman and co-president of the company.[3]

Its assets total $800m.[4]

According to one source, the PIF does two internal audits; one from PricewaterhouseCoopers and another by an internal audit unit. External audits are undertaken by Ernst and Young, who have independently verified that PIF's financials are in accordance with international auditing standards. Furthermore, the State Audit and Administrative Control Bureau audits the PIF's governance and financial systems and, in addition, scores the performance of its internal auditing systems. Even further, the PIF is partners with US OPIC, UK DFID, and the World Bank's IFC.[5]

The fund has signed up to the Santiago Principles on best practices for managing Sovereign Wealth Funds and joined the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds.[6]

Under Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, the PIF was celebrated for its transparent business practices, but since 2011, it has become involved in funding more and more questionable projects.[7]


In June 2012, Mohammed Rashid (also known as Khaled Salam), the former economic adviser to Yasser Arafat, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of embezzling from PIF, the PLO and the Palestinian Authority. He was also given a $15 million fine and was ordered to repay the $34 million he embezzled.[8]

In April 2016, Mohammad Mustafa, the company's chairman and co-president, has been named in the Panama Papers.[9]


The Palestine Investment Fund has undertaken many projects in the Energy, SMEs, Real Estate, Agricultural, Health and Industrial sectors. This includes:

Al-Reehan neighbourhood, a $250 million luxury neighbourhood located 10 kilometres north of Ramallah city centre with over 1,600 housing units.

Al-Jinan neighbourhood, a residential neighbourhood covering 77 dunums of land 3 kilometres east of Jenin city centre. Now fully completed and occupied with 54 villas and 3 apartment buildings, green areas and shopping outlets.

The Ersal Centre, a commercial complex in Ramallah covering 58 dunums, set to include 11 commercial towers and the landmark Amaar Tower. It will also include parks, playgrounds, schools and other institutions.

Moon City 1 and 2, two residential cities under development in the Jordan Valley covering 550 dunums and 2 million square metres of land respectively. Set to include commercial, residential and tourist zones. Both cities are located north of Jericho and close to each other.[10]


The PIF's wholly owned subsidiaries include:[1]

  • Amaar Real Estate Investment Group
  • Khazanah Asset Management Company
  • The Dead Sea and Al-Aghwar Al-Falastiniyah Development Company
  • The Palestinian Commercial Services Company

The PIF has a minority stake in the following projects:[1]

  • Telecommunications Program
  • Mortgage Finance Program
  • SMEs Program
  • Energy Program
  • Wataniya Mobile[11]


  1. ^ a b c Palestine Investment Fund. "Palestine Investment Fund Official Website". Palestine Investment Fund. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  2. ^ "Palestine Investment Fund | Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  3. ^ "Mohammad A. Mustafa Ph.D.: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. ^ "Business Real Estate News | Technology | Travel Guide". Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Ashby Monk (4 August 2011). "Corruption at the Palestine Investment Fund?". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  6. ^ International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds. "Our members". Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  7. ^ Jonathan Schanzer (8 November 2011). "Should Treasury Sanction the Palestinian Investment Fund?". Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  8. ^ Egypt Independent (30 July 2012). "Palestinian attorney general demands freezing Rashid and Dahlan's Orascom shares". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  9. ^ "Panama Papers: The Power Players". International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Musa, Khaled. "Real Estate Sector Eng page". PIF. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  11. ^ "Overview".