Saudi Arabia, Japan sign new agreements

Saudi and Japanese officials after the signing of MoUs and agreements. (SPA)
Updated 20 June 2019

Saudi Arabia, Japan sign new agreements

  • Japan is the Kingdom’s second-biggest source of foreign capital and its third-largest commercial partner

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) announced the signing of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and agreements, along with the handing of permits to Japanese corporations to work in the Kingdom.

The announcements were made on the sidelines of the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum in Tokyo.

“The signed agreements covered various strategic fields such as financing, education, industry and manufacturing,” SAGIA said.

“This comes as part of the Vision 2030 goal to create investment opportunities in the Kingdom.”

SAGIA’s Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “The signing of these agreements highlights the Kingdom’s openness to attract foreign investment.”

He added: “Japan is one of the Kingdom’s key economic partners. This partnership can become broader in light of the Kingdom’s economic reforms and constant progress in the business sector.”

The signed agreements included one between SAGIA, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Mizuho Bank to discuss the Kingdom’s investment opportunities.

Another agreement was signed between SABIC and Yokogawa Electric Co. to establish a local franchise. An MoU was signed between King Faisal University and the National University of Oita. Another one was signed between the Saudi Industrial Development Fund and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. to finance opportunities and develop human capital.

The forum, co-hosted by SAGIA and the Japan External Trade Organization, saw the participation of more than 300 representatives of government bodies and corporations, as well as investors and business people from both countries.

Japan is the Kingdom’s second-biggest source of foreign capital and its third-largest commercial partner.

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.