21-month slump in deposits, reserves

Updated 02 March 2015
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21-month slump in deposits, reserves

The government’s reserves and deposits with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) dropped at the end of January to SR1.39 trillion, the lowest level in 21 months.

This was a 2 percent change on a monthly basis compared to December, and 8 percent change on an annual basis compared to January last year.


“The reserves and deposits of the government is part of the liabilities in SAMA’s financial statements, which amounts to SR2.79 trillion, equal to its assets,” Al-Eqtisadiah reported.


The assets include investments in security bonds, deposits with banks abroad, cash, foreign exchange, gold, and other assets. “The government reserves and deposits are divided into three categories, the general reserve of the government, allocations for government projects and government’s current account.”


Commenting on the fall in reserves and deposits, John Sfakianakis, Middle East director at Ashmore Group, told Arab News: “This should be seen as perfectly normal as reserves are to be used in an environment of low oil revenues.”
He also said: “Definitely reserves both on a total as well as related to government related reserves are falling. This is to be expected given the low oil revenues and government spending that can be filled by deploying reserve assets. The economy depends on government spending which can only remain high if reserves are used or debt is deployed.”
The general reserve of the government accounts for 60 percent of the total government reserves and deposits, allocations for government projects is 32 percent and government’s current account 8 percent.

The 8 percent fall in the general reserve, accounting for SR74.8 billion in January compared to December, was a major factor in the decline of the level of reserves and deposits.


Allocations for government projects dropped SR15.9 billion, a 3 percent fall during the same period, and totaled SR439.2 billion in January.



In terms of annual performance, the government’s current account is the biggest loser and a major influencing factor in the decline of its reserves and deposits at SAMA. Its decline was about SR55.7 billion equivalent to 32 percent at the end of January of the current year, to reach SR116.9 billion, compared to SR172.5 billion in the same period last year.


“The allocations for government projects registered an 8 percent fall or SR36 billion from its level at the end of January last year, to reached SR475.2 billion. The general state reserve declined by 3 percent or SR21.8 billion from its level at the end of January last year, to reach SR851.6 billion.”


Deals worth more than $50bn signed at KSA Future Investment Initiative

Updated 23 October 2018
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Deals worth more than $50bn signed at KSA Future Investment Initiative

DUBAI: More than 25 deals worth more than $50 billion have been signed at Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, including 12 “mega deals.”

One of the deals signed was for the second phase of Haramain high-speed railway. Public transport projects, including the development of Saudi Land Bridge project, are also among the raft of deals signed.

 

An MoU between Saudi Aramco and Halliburton was also signed, one of the 25 agreements sealed in during the opening day of the conference in Riyadh.

 

 

More to follow.