Saudi Arabia’s King Salman discusses ‘regional developments’ in Bahrain

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King Salman held talks with the Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifa. (SPA)
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King Salman held talks with the Bahraini King Hamad Al-Khalifa. (SPA)
Updated 04 April 2019

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman discusses ‘regional developments’ in Bahrain

  • Bahrain's economy was negatively impacted by the decrease in oil prices
  • The country expected to receive $2bn in debt aid package from some GCC countries

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Bahrain on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments, Saudi state news agency SPA said.

King Salman was welcomed to the country by the King of Bahrain, Hamad Al-Khalifa.

The visit comes a day after Manama formalized an agreement with Kuwait for financial aid to support the Bahraini economy as part of an assistance package with other Gulf neighbors.

Kuwait, along with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, pledged $10 billion in financial aid to Bahrain last year to rescue it from a potential debt crisis.

At the time Bahrain said it expected to receive up to $2 billion by the end of 2018 as part of the package, to be disbursed over five years.

Bahrain’s finances have been hit hard by a slump in oil prices in 2014 and it has been struggling to cut government spending while avoiding public anger over austerity measures.


Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

Updated 09 December 2019

Saudi Arabia among top 10 in UN’s e-commerce index

  • The index ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking

RIYADH: The UN e-commerce index ranked Saudi Arabia among the top 10 countries in the e-commerce sector. 

The index, issued by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, ranked the Kingdom 49th in the global ranking, rising three places in the general index.

The report indicated that the improvement achieved by the Kingdom came from two criteria: The proportion of Internet use — which has risen to 93 percent — and the rising postal reliability standard.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha said that this achievement came as a result of unlimited support from the leadership.

He added that the ministry works with partners to develop the Kingdom’s digital capabilities to invest in the growth of future projects in order to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.