King Salman issues directives to cater for humanitarian cases in Qatar blockade

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2017

King Salman issues directives to cater for humanitarian cases in Qatar blockade

JEDDAH: A new directive has been issued by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman that requires the humanitarian needs of families made up of Saudi and Qatari nationals be taken into consideration.
And it is a move that has been mirrored in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.
On the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s official Twitter account a statement was posted confirming the “deep ties” between Saudi and Qatari people.
“The Qatari people are a genuine extension of their brothers in [the] Kingdom of Saudi Arabia... King Salman addresses the humanitarian cases of Saudi-Qatari joint families, the people of Qatar are in King Salman’s heart,” the statement said.
The statement added that the Ministry of Interior has set up the hotline — +966 112 409111 — to receive cases and take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the UAE and Bahrain have taken similar measures and ordered that the humanitarian needs of citizens married to Qatari nationals also be taken into account.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has instructed the authorities to address cases of Emirati-Qatari families. And like Saudi, special helplines have been set up: +971 800 2626 for the UAE and in Bahrain the number is +973 1739 9821.
An official UAE source quoted by the state news agency “WAM” said these measures “were in line with the statement issued by the UAE, that severed ties with the State of Qatar for the pretexts mentioned in the resolution and its procedures.”
Meanwhile, Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an official statement that said further to “severing diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar, and the measures taken as a result of its continued hostile behaviour against the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“A Royal Order was issued by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to take into account the humanitarian situation of Bahraini-Qatari families in appreciation of the brotherly Qatari people who represent a natural extension of their brothers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

The latest announcements mean restrictions will be eased for Qatari’s married to citizens of the three countries.
Qatari nationals living in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain were previously ordered to leave within 14 days after the three countries severed ties with Qatar last Monday, suspending land, sea and air travel links.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019

High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.