Saudi Arabia to explore investment options in Sudan

Khalid Al-Falih said that the Kingdom has an advantage in being one of the leading players in the mining sector. (REUTERS)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia to explore investment options in Sudan

  • The plans are an extension of the joint strategic action between Sudan and Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: As part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources organized a forum to explore investment opportunities for the exploitation of mineral resources in Sudan.
The opening address by Khalid Al-Falih, the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, was delivered on his behalf by Khalid bin Saleh  Al-Madifar, deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources for mining affairs.
Al-Falih said that King Salman and the crown prince place great emphasis on the Kingdom’s mining sector — an important part of Vision 2030 as the country seeks to develop energy, industry and mineral resources through the implementation of 42 initiatives.
The aim is to restructure the sector and raise the GDP from $17 billion to $64 billion and create 160,000 job opportunities by 2030.
Al-Falih said that the Kingdom has an advantage in being one of the leading players in the mining sector, helped mostly by its geographical location, free economy, the availability of energy and infrastructure, as well as ample land which is rich in mineral resources valued at $1.3 trillion.
 


Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Updated 18 min 27 sec ago
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Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.
A California native, Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic, which he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid requires confirmation from the Senate, which would appear likely as the retired four-star general has long enjoyed respect in Washington.