Al-Naimi: Kingdom will not limit oil output, can meet customer demand

Updated 30 December 2015
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Al-Naimi: Kingdom will not limit oil output, can meet customer demand

ALKHOBAR: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said the Kingdomdoes not limit its output and has the capacity to meet additional demand, state television Al Ekhbariya reported.
“The increase in production depends on ... the demand of the customers. We meet our customers’ demand, there is no longer a limit to production, as long as there is demand, we have the ability to meet demand,” Al-Naimi said.
The Wall Street Journal, which reported the same comments as Al Ekhbariya, also quoted Al-Naimi as saying Saudi Arabia’s oil policy was “reliable” and would not change.
He has made similar comments in the past when asked about plans to boost production.
“We expect — from now on — efficiency of energy consumption to increase, which means the energy consumed will be reduced,” Al-Naimi said, in reference to the recent subsidy reforms.
On Monday, Saudi Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih said his country was better equipped to wait out low oil prices than other producers. The comment was in line with Saudi Arabia’s no-cut oil policy on output despite a sharp fall in global oil prices since mid-2014.


Saudi Arabia’s SABIC and NCB sign deal to finance small businesses

The National Commercial Bank struck the agreement with SABIC. (Reuters)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s SABIC and NCB sign deal to finance small businesses

  • The move will help develop local industries through financing and refinancing entrepreneurs

LONDON: The National Commercial Bank (NCB) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to help boost the financing of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The move will help develop local industries through financing and refinancing entrepreneurs, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

The agreement will enable entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to obtain support and funding from NCB at preferential rates.

In addition, NCB will provide other services, including training and educational and awareness courses.

NCB, also known as Al-Ahli Bank, recently organized three workshops geared toward SMEs, covering areas such as credit approvals, financing and trade.