Saudi investment authority participates in SIAL Paris 2018

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SAGIA participates in SIAL Paris 2018. (SPA)
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Updated 26 October 2018
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Saudi investment authority participates in SIAL Paris 2018

  • Participating Saudi entities included the Modon and the Saudi Industrial Development Fund
  • Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to France visited the pavilion, where he expressed admiration for the competitive quality of Saudi products

JEDDAH: The Saudi pavilion at this year’s SIAL (Salon International de l’Alimentation) 2018 in Paris took as its theme “Invest in Saudi Arabia.” The Kingdom was represented by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) at what is one of the food industry’s largest specialized exhibitions, with more than 160,000 visitors this year.
Participating Saudi entities included the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (Modon), the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, and the National Center of Palm and Dates. They all highlighted the services provided to investors in the Kingdom. The food industry is the most attractive sectors for investment in the Middle East, with an annual growth rate of 6 percent.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to France, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Angari, visited the pavilion, where he expressed admiration for the competitive quality of Saudi products. 
Mazen bin Omar Al-Jasser, of Saudi Exports, stressed the importance of investing in foods in the Kingdom. The Saudi exports in the food sector reached SR14 billion ($3.73 billion) in 2017 and the food sector ranked fourth on the list of non-oil Saudi exports the same year. 
Dairy products, baked goods, sweets, fruit juices and beverages represent 63 percent of food exports. The Gulf and neighboring Arab markets, including the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain, Yemen and Iraq, are among the largest importers of foods from the Kingdom. 
Al-Jasser added that the value of exports in 2017 reached SR1.3 billion ($346.5 million) for fruits and vegetables, SR526 million ($140 million) for grains and SR703 million ($187 million) for dates, including re-exportation. He noted that there is a great opportunity for Saudi products in the international market, especially the sector of dates, since the Kingdom is among the world’s largest producers of dates. 


Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

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Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemns’ Houthi attack on Yemen UN monitors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday strongly condemned the targeting of “UN personnel by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen” after cease-fire monitors came under fire.
The attack took place on Thursday in Hodeidah, where a truce agreed in talks in Sweden came into force last month.
The Houthi militia “have violated their signed commitments in Stockholm and continue to flout international law and escalate their aggression against the Yemeni people,” Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman tweeted on Friday.


The UN said one round of small arms fire struck a UN-marked armored vehicle that was part of convoy carrying chief monitor Patrick Cammaert.
The UN monitors arrived in Hodeida — the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imports — on Dec. 23. The UN Security Council this week agreed to expand the force to 75 monitors.