Saudi, Djibouti sign economic cooperation agreement

Maritime transport is one of the areas that the agreement covered. (Reuters)
Updated 23 December 2017
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Saudi, Djibouti sign economic cooperation agreement

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.


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.