Saudi Arabia’s crown prince meets with president of World Economic Forum

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the president of the World Economic Forum Børge Brende on Sunday in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 25 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince meets with president of World Economic Forum

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with the president of the World Economic Forum Børge Brende on Sunday in Riyadh.
During their meeting, they reviewed a number of issues related to developments on a regional and global level, especially in economic terms.
The crown prince and Brende also discussed WEF’s partnership with the Kingdom and their interest in Saudi Arabia’s economic programs within the framework of Vision 2030, as well as the desire of WEF to hold some events and seminars in the Kingdom, including the launch of the Joint Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Riyadh.
The meeting was also attended by Minister of Energy Khaled Al-Faleh, Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri and a number of officials at from the World Economic Forum.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.