Vision 2030 – a gateway to enhance Pak-Saudi ties

Updated 14 August 2017
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Vision 2030 – a gateway to enhance Pak-Saudi ties

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent bilateral relations. Close geographical proximity, historic trade ties, religious affinity and the complementary nature of economic needs have created a strong basis of trust between the two countries.
In addition, there is a convergence of views and interests of the two sides on most regional and international issues.
In commercial and trade sector, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia maintain good relations. The Kingdom is among the top 20 major export destinations of Pakistan. Pak-Saudi annual bilateral trade had traditionally been around $3 billion, which in the last year had reduced around $1.2 billion because of low oil prices.
Major items of exports from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia include food, textiles, leather goods, sports equipment and surgical instruments etc. while Pakistan imports major requirements of petroleum from Saudi Arabia. The other items of import from Saudi Arabia, though minor in volume, include petrochemicals, organic chemical products, plastic and plastic products, fertilizers, steel products, electrical equipment and materials etc. However, there exists a trade imbalance in favor of Saudi Arabia, mainly due to the bulk import of petroleum in Pakistan from Saudi Arabia.
Efforts are underway on both sides to increase and balance the bilateral trade volume by drawing common contours between “Saudi Vision 2030” and “Pakistan Vision 2025” supported by a new era of socioeconomic development of Pakistan through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its allied opportunities.
The Vision 2030 envisages the desire for linkages with the international markets and offers a win-win situation for both partners. In order to capitalize on this opportunity and matching it with Pakistan Vision 2025, there is a need for adopting trade and economic diplomacy as an integral part of our strategy to improve bilateral trade and investment.
In line with the above strategy, the Pakistan diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia are following a business plan that highlights ways and means to improve bilateral trade and investment, to seek opportunities for joint ventures in manufacturing and services sectors and to strive for human resource development. These missions are working to ensure easy access of information to potential buyers of Pakistani products.
In order to contribute to the goal of industrialization under the Vision 2030, diplomatic missions are also developing a business model whereby the Saudi manufacturing sector would be developed by having Saudi capital investment supplemented by the technology and skilled manpower from Pakistani counterparts as joint venture (JV) partners for these sectors. It would be a win-win situation for both sides.
The journey of socioeconomic development with mutual cooperation between the two brotherly countries is ongoing and there is no doubt that the Vision 2030 would prove to be a gateway to improve Pak-Saudi bilateral economic relations making them partners in the prosperity of each other.
• The writers are members of the Commercial Team at Pakistan Consulate, Jeddah and could be reached at [email protected]


Saudi commission signs deal to boost cybersecurity education

Updated 28 min 55 sec ago
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Saudi commission signs deal to boost cybersecurity education

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian National Commission for Cyber Security has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to allocate 1,000 scholarships over five years for students looking to specialize in cybersecurity.
The agreement hopes to prepare qualified Saudi specialists in cybersecurity.
The Commission will set up the educational requirements and criteria for successful applicants of both genders in coordination with the sector’s core needs.
The Commission is also to specify the appropriate universities and institutions that will deliver the necessary programs.
The new agreement will help meet ‘Vision 2030’ goals to build national capacity in all sectors to meet market demands.
The agreement also aims to meet the new targets of Saudi student’s scholarship as set by King Salman, setting out choice of speciality to reflect market demands.