JEDDAh: The Saudi minister of commerce and investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, was received by Bangladesh’s President Mohammed Abdul Hamid in Dhaka.
Al-Qassabi and his delegation also met with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, and discussed methods to increase cooperation between the two countries. They also reviewed investment opportunities and ways to streamline and simplify greater private sector expansion.
During the meeting, two agreements on solar energy and electric transformers were signed, in addition to four memoranda on packaging, food, cable manufacturing and fertilizer production as well as medical training.
A consultative meeting was also held during the visit, presided over by Al-Qassabi, and attended by Bangladesh’s Finance Minister Mustafa Kamal.
The two sides agreed during the meeting to form a joint working group to establish a Saudi-Bangladeshi Business Council.
The Saudi government delegation included representatives from a number of ministries, in addition to envoys from the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi Fund for Development, and major Saudi private companies.
The trade volume between Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh reached $1.381 billion in 2018, an increase of 41 percent compared to 2017.
Saudi capital to get world’s biggest park in $23bn project
The project will see 7.5m trees planted and the creation of the world's biggest park
There will be 70,000 jobs created across the four major projects
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RIYADH: The world’s biggest park will be created in Saudi Arabia as part of a $22.9bn project that promises to create vast open green areas in Riyadh, creating thousands of new jobs, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday
The aim of the project is to “significantly improve the lives of its citizens, transform the city into an attractive destination and make it one of the world’s most livable cities,” the report added.
The four projects - King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh and Riyadh Art – will complement the Saudi Vision 2030’s “Quality of Life” Program and are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to create sustainable cities and communities, while driving urgent action against climate change.
Developed with a government investment of $23 bn, the four projects will offer opportunities worth $15bn for the private sector to invest in residential, commercial, recreational and wellness projects.
As well as creating tens of thousands of new jobs, the project will also help boost efforts to improve the city’s health and wellbeing with a commitment to wellness, health, sports, culture and the arts, underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability.
Measuring 13.4 square kilometers, King Salman Park will be the world’s biggest park, with residential areas, hotels, and will also feature a Royal Arts Complex, theaters, museums, cinemas, sports venues, water features, restaurants and an 18-hole Royal Golf Course.
The park will also boast several landmark assets, including the Riyadh Fountains and a Vertical Garden. As an environmentally sustainable urban development, it will offer opportunities for the international community in arts, entertainment and culture.
One of the world’s largest urban greening projects, Green Riyadh will increase Riyadh’s green cover with 7.5 million trees.
The massive planting project will help increase the city’s green cover from 1.5 percent of Riyadh’s total area to 9.1 percent – that’s approximately 541 square kilometers, by 2030.
Green space availability will increase to 28 square meters per capita from the current 1.7 square meters per capita, compared to the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 9 square meters per capita.
Green Riyadh will help reduce average ambient temperature by 2C, and will use more than 1 million cubic meters of treated sewage effluent daily for irrigation, for the sustainability of water resources in the city.
Sports Boulevard - a health and wellness destination in the heart of the city- will feature a 135 kilometer-long professional cycling track covering the city and the surrounding valleys, the first of its kind in the region.
Adding 3.5 million square meters of new open space across the city, this grand project will also feature a sports pavilion, riding stables and athletics tracks.
Riyadh Art will be the world’s largest government investment in public art and will establish the city as “a gallery without walls” through a world-class interactive public arts program.
With 1,000 artworks curated through 10 separate programs and an annual arts festival, this project will feature large-scale art works with the aim of drawing art lovers and creators from around the world.
The projects are part of Saudi Arbia’s strategy to meet their Vision 2030 goals, they are expected to provide 70,000 new job opportunities.
Construction work is due to start in the second half of 2019.