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Talat Zaki Hafiz

Talat Zaki Hafiz is an economist and financial analyst. Twitter: @TalatHafiz

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SANED’s benefits for the Saudi labor market

A royal decree was issued last Thursday that extended a number of government financial initiatives designed to support the private sector, Saudi workers, individuals and investors to help them to cope with the negative impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

July 08, 2020

The pros and cons of increasing value added tax

Effective today, Saudi Arabia is tripling its value-added tax (VAT) to 15 percent, as part of financial reforms intended to support the fiscal imbalance between public revenues and expenditures caused by the negative impact of the coronavirus crisis.

July 01, 2020

New mining law in KSA will attract investment, create jobs

The Saudi Cabinet recently approved a mining investment law to help attract local and international investors to the sector.

June 24, 2020

Why Saudi Arabia is turning to blockchain technology

Blockchain is an advanced technology that uses distributed ledgers to build blocks through the use of the internet.

June 17, 2020

Why SAMA is enhancing Saudi banking sector liquidity

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the central bank of Saudi Arabia, has said it will inject SR50 billion ($13.33 billion) in the banking sector to enhance its liquidity.

June 10, 2020

Moody’s unpacks KSA financial measures

Moody’s has unpacked the likely impact of recently announced moves by the Saudi government to limit the impact of the pandemic, specifically through spending cuts, tripling value added tax (VAT) and canceling the cost of living allowance.

June 03, 2020

The economic benefits of pegging the Saudi riyal to the dollar

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) recently re-affirmed its commitment to its exchange rate policy of pegging the Saudi riyal to the US dollar as a strategic choice.

May 30, 2020