KSA’s food imports to rise 35% by 2020

Updated 26 September 2013

KSA’s food imports to rise 35% by 2020

The Kingdom’s food imports are projected to grow by 35.2 percent by 2020 compared to 16.8 percent in 2010, local media said quoting a report released by Foodex Saudi Expo.
The report said the Kingdom would remain the highest food consumer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries at 64 percent by 2015, followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at 18.9 percent, with Bahrain coming in last at 1.5 percent.
The value of food consumption in Saudi Arabia will reach $70 billion in the next four years due to increasing population, which accounts for 70 percent of the GCC’s total population, the report said.
Based on market data, the Kingdom ranked first in the Middle East in terms of food consumption, notably raw materials such as sugar, wheat and barley, sales manager at Foodex Saudi Expo, Ahmed Rahim, was quoted as saying.
Rahim said there is fierce competition in the Saudi market with significant investments in the food sector including hotel chains and restaurants. A number of countries are scrambling to invest, notably Turkey, Britain, Spain, Italy, Japan and Indonesia, he said.
The sector is on the verge of rapid growth in the area of food and drink over the next two years, he said.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.