Saudi Islamic Ministry steps up efforts in Oceania

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Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry organizes iftars in New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and oversees the distribution of dates to break the Ramadan fast throughout Oceania. (SPA)
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Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry organizes iftars in New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and oversees the distribution of dates to break the Ramadan fast throughout Oceania. (SPA)
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Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry organizes iftars in New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and oversees the distribution of dates to break the Ramadan fast throughout Oceania. (SPA)
Updated 27 May 2019
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Saudi Islamic Ministry steps up efforts in Oceania

  • Around 70 Saudi imams to conduct sermons in 35 countries, and organized King Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries

CANBERRA: During the holy month of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia becomes the focal point of the Muslim world — not just the Middle East and North Africa, but further afield — giving it a central role in supporting Muslims around the globe. 
Saudi government bodies, including the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, take it upon themselves to spread good values and assist people through various activities and programs, even in places Islam remains nascent. Perhaps the most remote, wide-ranging of these is Oceania. 
The Kingdom’s religious attache in Australia, Anwar bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suli, said: “We organize various programs and activities targeting more than 800,000 Muslims living across Australia.”
The ministry also organizes iftars in New Zealand, Fiji, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and oversees the distribution of dates to break the Ramadan fast throughout Oceania.
This year, it also sent 70 Saudi imams to conduct sermons in 35 countries, and organized King Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, at a total cost of SR3.75 million ($1 million) benefiting over a million Muslims. Over 500,000 copies of the Qur’an have also been delivered across the world. 


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.