RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Djibouti yesterday signed a cooperation agreement in areas including industry, energy, mineral wealth, telecommunications, information technology, housing health, agriculture, water and environmental protection.
The agreement included measures to speed up the development of air transport between the two countries and ways to increase trade through improved maritime transport, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
The agreement also included ways of increasing the volume of trade and investment exchange between the two countries in accordance with both the Saudi Vision 2030 and Djibouti’s Vision 2035.
A Saudi-Djibouti economic fair was held in Riyadh where businessmen from the two countries held talks.
The agreement focused on strengthening cooperation with the Central Bank of Djibouti to exchange information and credit reports on banks and companies in Djibouti.
Saudi Arabia expressed its desire to set a date for the start of the first round of negotiations within two months to avoid double taxation between the two countries, and the list of members of the Saudi Executive Committee for the Saudi-Djibouti Business Council has also been decided on.
The council will meet after Djibouti selects its members for the committee.
Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse
The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021
SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower
Updated 12 December 2018
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is fast catching up with the world’s ever-growing energy and technology scene ahead of 2030. In fact, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) may soon prove a global destination for energy industry investors.
The new energy city mega-project is being developed by Saudi Aramco, which received authoritization to embark on the initiative in the summer, and is operated, managed and maintained in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON).
With projections that the megacity will create more than 100,000 jobs, it is considered one of the most up-and-coming energy parks in the world.
SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower.
Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases.
The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021, while the final phase of the project is set for completion in 2035. With all this on track, the 50-square-kilometer project is poised to be a magnet for foreign and domestic investment.
What’s more, Aramco’s espousal of SPARK will also help businesses indulge in technological development, manufacturing and exports channels and build a world-class energy supply chain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Energy Minister and Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih declared SPARK a special economic zone (SEZ) in which businesses can enjoy exclusive benefits.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser.
SPARK has already attracted investment from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion.
The park is set to attract industrial investors in the water, power, petrochemical and wastewater sectors, among others.
Facilities at SPARK will also help investors bridge gaps in local production back home, increasing competition in the long run.
“This energy city is exciting because it brings together a multitude of businesses,” Mark McCollum, president and CEO of Weatherford Corp, told SPARK.
“We firmly believe that collaboration and cooperation among service companies and individual providers to the energy sector is vital in breaking new ground.”
The King Salman Energy Park is also set to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. With focus on energy production, it also provides opportunities for investment in residential and commercial real estate projects.
Nasser said that the “King Salman Energy Park will spur a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s already thriving sectors. What’s more, it will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies since Aramco is at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.”