King Salman receives Burkina Faso’s National Assembly president

King Salman receives Alassane Bala Sakande, president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Burkina Faso, in Jeddah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 05 May 2019
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King Salman receives Burkina Faso’s National Assembly president

JEDDAH: King Salman received the president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Alassane Bala Sakande, at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Sunday. 

During the meeting, the king and Sakande, who is also president of the African Parliamentary Union, reviewed prospects for cooperation particularly between the Saudi Shoura Council and Burkina Faso’s National Assembly.

Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, Minister of State for African Countries’ Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Qattan and other top officials were also present.

On Sunday, the king issued a royal order appointing 54 judges at the Ministry of Justice.

Justice Minister Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani expressed his thanks and appreciation to the king for his continuing support for the judiciary.

On Saturday night, King Salman arrived in Jeddah from Riyadh. The king was accompanied by a number of princes and officials. 

King Salman usually spends the summer months and Ramadan in Jeddah, accompanied by many government workers. In the past years, he spent the last days of Ramadan in Makkah.

 


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

Updated 18 June 2019
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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.