SAGIA: Fast track service in KSA for foreign investors

Updated 08 June 2014

SAGIA: Fast track service in KSA for foreign investors

Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has introduced a ‘fast track service’ to process applications from foreign investors within five days under a streamlined program.
The new measures have been announced in an administrative decision issued by Abdullatif Al-Othman, governor of SAGIA and chairman of the board.
This follows the Council of Ministers’ decision (No. 2 of 5/1/1421H), the Foreign Investment Law by Royal Decree (No. M/1 of 5/1/1421H) and its Implementing Regulations issued by the board’s decision No. 2/74 of 12.5.1435H.
“Overseas investors looking to launch businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now be able to benefit from a faster and simpler application process with the launch of the new fast track service by SAGIA,” said an official from the authority.
“This new application process guarantees application decisions within five working days, once SAGIA has received all required documentation.”
The fast track is available to potential investors who meet one of the following requirements:
1 Multinational companies publicly listed in the capital market of their countries or in international stock exchanges
2. Firms manufacturing products that are classified and approved by independent agencies, and employ certified process technology
3. Small and medium size enterprises which will be operating in the area of the IPRs registered in their names, or which are classified as innovative enterprises.
4. An international company aiming to set up regional centers in Saudi Arabia.
5. A construction company classified under ‘first class’ in their countries, or which have implemented a project with a value of not less than SR500,000,000 and have a manpower of not less than 2,000 employees and total assets of not less than SR50 million.
6. A company entering into partnership with other companies qualified by Saudi government agency, or by a state-owned entity or an entity in which the government has a shareholding, or with a company listed in the Saudi Capital Market.
7. The aim of SAGIA’s fast track service is to facilitate foreign direct investment (FDI) into target sectors in the Saudi economy, namely ICT, downstream petrochemical and mining, industrial manufacturing, health care and life science, transportation and infrastructure, human capital development, and energy and petrochemicals.
Documents required to complete applications under the fast track service include:
1. Shareholders Resolution to invest in the Kingdom, listing the names of shareholders, capital share of each shareholder, company headquarters, type of activity, name of the general manager and authorized representative, duly legalized by the competent authorities and the Saudi mission.
2. Copies of enterprise Memorandum of Association and commercial registration, duly authenticated by the competent authorities and the Saudi Consulate.
3. Filling out the autobiography form and provision of a company profile, duly stamped by company’s seal.
Eligible applicants providing the necessary information should make their applications to: [email protected] in the interim, while an online application process is developed.

Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

Updated 20 January 2019

Saudi Arabia and UAE launch a new joint cryptocurrency

  • The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages
  • The program will also help the two countries evaluate the monetary policies of a centralized currency

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have launched a joint cryptocurrency during the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination council Saturday in Abu Dhabi, UAE’s national press agency WAM said.

The cryptocurrency will be limited to banks during its first stages, until the governments have a better understanding of how Blockchain technology operates cross-borders.

The currency operates on the use of a “distributed database between the central banks and the participating banks from both sides,” aiming to protect customer interests, set technology standards and assess cybersecurity risks. The new program will also help evaluate the impacts of a central currency on monetary policies.

During the meeting, representatives of Saudi Arabia and the UAE also signed the Joint Supply Chained Security Cooperation program, which tests the two countries abilities to provide vital supplies during times of crisis and national emergencies, as well as share expertise and knowledge in the field.

All 16 members of the executive committee of the council followed up on the execution of the initiatives mentioned in the Strategy of Resolve.

Representatives also set five other initiatives to enhance the cooperation between the two countries, such as facilitating the traffic between ports, improving airports to make it easier for people with disabilities to travel, creating a financial awareness program for children aged 7-18, starting a joint platform to support local SMEs, and the integration of civil aviation markets,

The committee was headed by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi, minister of cabinet of affairs and the future of UAE, and Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Twaijri, minister of economy and planning in Saudi. The committee will also monitor the implementation of the initiatives.