SAGIA: US investment in Saudi Arabia worth over $55bn

SAGIA signs Cooperative Agreement with US Chamber of Commerce to promote trade and economic cooperation between Saudi Arabia and US. (Photo SAGIA/file)
Updated 22 March 2018
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SAGIA: US investment in Saudi Arabia worth over $55bn

RIYADH: The US invested more than SR207 billion ($55 billion) in the Kingdom up until February 2018, according to the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
The number of investing companies reached 373 in fields such as services, industry, real-estate, science, arts, and temporary licenses.
Industrial activity had the biggest share of financing with SR193 billion ($51 billion) distributed on 95 different projects. Service activity was financed with SR13.5 billion ($3 billion) distributed on 245 projects. Trade activity was financed with more than SR300 million ($79 million) distributed on nine projects. Two real-estate projects were financed with SR16 million ($4 million) and 16 temporary licenses’ projects were financed with SR2 million ($0.5 million.)
Sixteen new American companies entered the Saudi market in 2017, with SR382 million ($101 million) invested as SAGIA gave the green light to start activities in the Kingdom. The service sector had the biggest share of these licenses, with 13 licenses and an investment of SR 284 million ($155 million). The industrial sector was granted two licenses of an investment that reached SR97 million ($25 million) and the temporary licenses’ sector was financed with SR500,000 ($133,000).
The Saudi sector is one of the US’s biggest importing markets. In 2016, the Kingdom provided the US market with a number of products including mineral, chemical and organic products, fertilizers, aluminum and plastics. From the US, the Kingdom imported cars and their parts, aerial vehicles and their parts, medical, optical and photographic equipment, machine tools and their parts and electronic devices and their parts.
The numbers are a result of the reforms in the Saudi investment environment, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, while the reforms are a result of national efforts to promote trade and investment activities in the Kingdom. The executive committee was established to improve and promote performance in the private sector to follow up and implement a number of initiatives contributing to economic growth and providing a stable environment for the private sector, with the participation of relevant governmental, private and international bodies.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the US have good economic ties that go back many decades and are bound by mutual respect and common interests. These relations were established on Feb. 23, 1930, and consolidated in 1931 when the US first started importing Saudi oil, and when the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman granted American companies the right to prospect for oil.
In 1932, the two sides signed the temporary commercial diplomatic agreement that was followed by an oil exploration agreement.
In 1972, the Kingdom imported from the US a number of goods and products with a value of $314 million and exported other goods to the US with a value of $194 million.
In 1974, the Kingdom signed a joint report with the US, to establish a Saudi-American joint committee for economic cooperation to meet the needs of the country (products and expertise) at a time when Saudi Arabia was witnessing a big increase in growth and development projects.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.