Kingdom’s oil production fluctuates

Updated 14 January 2013

Kingdom’s oil production fluctuates

Riyadh: Minister of Petroleum and Mineral resources adviser, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Muhanna said that Saudi production fluctuates month-to-month, and depends on a range of domestic regional and international factors, noting that at this point of time, production is primarily driven by customers’ requirements, not by price levels, and the market sets the price of oil.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) today, he said, ‘Recent media reports wrongly interpret Saudi Arabia’s production data for December, accusing the country of a deliberate attempt to push the oil price higher. These reports are categorically wrong.
One driver of Saudi Arabia’s production fluctuation is domestic demand, and this depends on seasonality. Peak demand was in the summer, but it has weakened over the last quarter, as usual. Another factor, equally important, is international customers’ demand for Saudi oil. This is also seasonal.
But if we look at the last quarter of 2012, for example, there were many challenges in terms of domestic growth in the Eurozone and concerns about the US fiscal cliff. This, consequently, impacted the demand for oil.
Going forward, we are optimistic that economic uncertainties will pass and growth will resume in 2013. Saudi Arabia stands ready to respond to these changes, and again will meet all customers’ needs. Saudi Arabia remains strongly committed to a stable oil market.’


Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

  • Kingdom is home to three quarters of region's foundations
  • Combined asets of global foundations is $1.5 trillion

Nearly three quarters of philanthropic foundations in the Middle East are concentrated in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute with funding from Swiss bank UBS, also found that resources were highly concentrated in certain areas with education the most popular area for investment globally.

That trend was best illustrated in the Kingdom, where education ranked first among the target areas of local foundations.

While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to $1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under $1 million. In fact, 90 percent of identified foundations have assets of less than $10 million, according to the Global Philanthropy Report. 

Developed over three years with inputs from twenty research teams across nineteen countries and Hong Kong, the report highlights the magnitude of global philanthropic investment.

A rapidly growing number of philanthropists are establishing foundations and institutions to focus, practice, and amplify these investments, said the report.

In recent years, philanthropy has witnessed a major shift. Wealthy individuals, families, and corporations are looking to give more, to give more strategically, and to increase the impact of their social investments.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have become increasingly high profile — but at the same time, some governments, including India and China, have sought to limit the spread of cross-border philanthropy in certain sectors.

As the world is falling well short of raising the $ 5-7 trillion of annual investment needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UBS sees the report findings as a call for philanthropists to work together to scale their impact.

Understanding this need for collaboration, UBS has established a global community where philanthropists can work together to drive sustainable impact.

Established in 2015 and with over 400 members, the Global Philanthropists Community hosted by UBS is the world’s largest private network exclusively for philanthropists and social investors, facilitating collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Josef Stadler, head of ultra high net worth wealth, UBS Global Management, said: “This report takes a much-needed step toward understanding global philanthropy so that, collectively, we might shape a more strategic and collaborative future, with philanthropists leading the way toward solving the great challenges of our time.”

This week Saudi Arabia said it would provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid in Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The UAE also this week said it had contributed $192 million to a housing project in Afghanistan through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.