KSA, Italy sign MoU to boost trade ties

Council of Saudi Chambers chairman Ahmed Al-Rajhi (left) signing an MoU together with Alessandro Decio, SACE chief executive, at the CSCCI headquarters in Riyadh. (CSCCI photo via Twitter)
Updated 16 February 2018
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KSA, Italy sign MoU to boost trade ties

RIYADH: The Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CSCCI) and the Italian export credit agency SACE on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on trade and investment cooperation, which is expected to support the Vision 2030 strategy.
Alessandro Decio, SACE chief executive, and Ahmed Al-Rajhi, CSCCI chairman, signed the MoU at the CSCCI headquarters in the Saudi capital in the presence of Italian Ambassador Luca Ferrari.
“Our trip to Saudi Arabia has been both productive and constructive and we have a feeling that the business opportunity is even better than we expected before we visited the Kingdom,” Decio told Arab News.
“The signing of the MoU is a significant opportunity for the Italian export credit agency to boost bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and Italy,” he said.
Bilateral trade between the countries reached €8 billion ($10 billion) in 2017 compared to €6.7 billion ($7.8 billion) the previous year, according to embassy records.
Ferrari expressed optimism about the MoU and the visit of Italian company officials to the region.
“The fact that SACE is here today and signed an MoU with the Council of Saudi Chambers is concrete and tangible proof of the willingness of the Italian government to invest in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He said that SACE bankrolled Italian firms intending to invest capital in the Kingdom and helped Saudi firms planning to invest in Italy. “It’s a two-way win-win situation for both the Saudi and the Italian governments,” he said.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”