MODON builds electronic auction platform for Saudi industry

MODON builds electronic auction platform for Saudi industry
Electronic property auctions are being hosted on emazad.sa. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 02 October 2021

MODON builds electronic auction platform for Saudi industry

MODON builds electronic auction platform for Saudi industry
  • Agreement aims to enhance the competitiveness of the growing Saudi industrial sector

RIYADH: The Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones, commonly known as MODON, has signed an agreement with business consultant Thiqah to build an electronic auction platform for industrial cities in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agreement aims to enhance the competitiveness of the Saudi industrial sector, said MODON CEO Khalid Al-Salem.

An electronic auction using the platform ran from July 25 to Aug. 3, 2021, attracting 61 bids and more than 24 participants, he said.

Thiqah was launched in 2012 to provide smart solutions, business services and data services to its partners in the public and private sectors.

MODON was established in 2001 to develop and manage industrial cities and technology zones that enable sustainable growth in an optimal economic environment.

Property auctions are being hosted on emazad.sa.

The number of industrial cities in the Kingdom has risen by 120 percent in the last five years from 7,860 to nearly 17,000.

MODON supports the industrial sector with qualitative and value-added investments to diversify the national economy in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and the initiatives entrusted to it in the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program.

The NIDLP is focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution to generate ample employment opportunities for Saudi cadres, boost trade balance and maximize local content. The program focuses on four key sectors; industry, mining, energy and logistics. It also designs and provides a range of essential enablers that include developing appropriate systems, providing the required financing, developing infrastructure, industrial lands and private areas, and enhancing research and innovation.

MODON signed 10,300 investment contracts in 2020, Argaam reported.

The investment contracts were aimed to encourage the manufacturing sector and promote Saudi goods. The investments will also help create jobs in different industrial sectors in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s industrial sector is undergoing fundamental changes with the aim of achieving the aspirations and objectives of Vision 2030, which include more participation by women in the development process, as well as creating more opportunities in such a vital sector.


Economic sentiment in the EU drops slightly; inflation on the rise in Germany and Spain: Economic wrap

Economic sentiment in the EU drops slightly; inflation on the rise in Germany and Spain: Economic wrap
Updated 11 sec ago

Economic sentiment in the EU drops slightly; inflation on the rise in Germany and Spain: Economic wrap

Economic sentiment in the EU drops slightly; inflation on the rise in Germany and Spain: Economic wrap

The EU’s Economic Sentiment Indicator slipped marginally by 1.1 points to reach 116.5 in November, the European Commission said.

The drop was attributed to a noticeable fall in consumer confidence, although among other sectors such as industry and services it remained the same. At the same time, confidence in the retail trade and construction sectors improved.

Germany, the Netherlands and Spain were among the countries that experienced a downward trend in their economic sentiment, with the latter undergoing the largest decline.

On the other hand, France had the biggest improvement in economic sentiment during the month. Italy and Poland were another two countries that had more favorable sentiment.

Inflation in Western Europe

Annual inflation rate in Spain reached 5.6 percent in November, according to preliminary estimates in a press release issued by Spain's National Statistics Institute. 

The inflation rate predicted for November will be the highest since September 1992. The increase was mainly driven by higher food prices.

In addition, the monthly inflation rate is expected to reach 0.4 percent in November.  

Meanwhile, Germany’s consumer prices are expected to rise in November by 5.2 percent from a year ago, data from Germany’s Federal Statistics Office showed. This is higher than October's 4.5 percent.

Energy costs surged by 22.1 percent while food prices went up by 4.5 percent, according to preliminary estimates.

The monthly inflation rate is expected to be a negative 0.2 percent in November.

Mexico’s unemployment

The Mexican jobless rate decelerated to 3.9 percent in October from 4.2 percent in the prior month, according to the country’s official statistics agency, INEGI.

The number of unemployed persons eased to 2.3 million, declining by 288,000 from a year earlier, the INEGI report showed.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the jobless rate remained at 3.9 percent.


Egypt and Jordan agree to more than double the electric capacity between them

Egypt and Jordan agree to more than double the electric capacity between them
Updated 21 min 9 sec ago

Egypt and Jordan agree to more than double the electric capacity between them

Egypt and Jordan agree to more than double the electric capacity between them

Egypt and Jordan have agreed to strengthen the electrical interconnection between them in a plan that could see them exchange energy with the rest of the region.

The two governments have settled on a deal that will see the current capacity of 500 megawatts increased to up to 2000 MW, with Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh saying it “benefits both sides.”

“Our relationship with Egypt is distinguished, as the electrical connection between Jordan and Egypt began in 1999, and there is an exchange of electrical energy with capacities of up to 500 megawatts, and the new agreement may raise this capacity to 1,000 or 2,000 megawatts in the future,” Al-Kharabsheh said, at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

“It is possible that Jordan and Egypt will eventually be able to exchange electrical energy between the countries of the region and link it to each other and with other countries such those in Europe or through Egypt to the African continent, which helps encourage and strengthen cooperation between the two countries,” he continued.

Speaking alongside Al-Kharabsheh, the Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker said his country has managed to raise its electrical capacity enough to be able to export.

He added that Egypt plans to increase the percentage of renewable energy from its electrical capacity to 42 percent in 2035.

Shaker also explained that Cairo is studying a new link line with Europe through Greece and Cyprus, explaining that strengthening the link with Jordan opens the way for the exchange of capabilities.

 


16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021
Updated 45 min 55 sec ago

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

16 more fintech firms enter Saudi market in Q3 of 2021

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia issued licenses to 16 fintech companies in the third quarter of 2021, Sabq quoted Saudi Central Bank governor as saying at an event on Monday.

Fahad Almubarak said 13 of those companies work in the field of payments and electronic wallets, and three firms are engaged in insurance and finance sector.

Saudi Arabia witnessed a 37 percent rise in the number of fintech firms entering the market and also recorded an increase in venture capital investments that exceeded SR680 million ($181 million).

Capital Market Authority chairman Mohammed Elkuwaiz said fintech companies develop technical ideas that challenge the current situation, which has an added value because it offers a product that did not exist before, Sabq paper reported.

Fintech in Saudi Arabia has competitive advantages over other countries, and 90 percent of transactions in the Saudi financial market are automated and have been conducted electronically for more than 10 years, Argaam reported.


Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December
Updated 29 November 2021

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

Chinese developers to face $1.3bn of bond payments in December

RIYADH: China’s developers face around $1.3 billion of bond payments in December, following a month of investors’ sentiment stabilising toward the property sector.

In November, the total bond payments was $2 billion, with no defaults reported, according to Bloomberg. 

Investors' scrutiny regarding principal and interest payments lingers as the cash crisis hits the real estate industry. 

China’s Evergrande group unit and Kaisa group’s grace periods are ending by mid-December on coupons of a total of $171 million. 


SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021
Updated 29 November 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

SMEs loans growth slows down in 3Q 2021

RIYADH/MOSCOW: Annual growth in total credit provided to small and medium enterprises by Saudi banks slowed in the third quarter of 2021 to 12.9 percent from 25.3 percent in the previous quarter, the Saudi Central Bank report issued on Sunday showed.
Loans given to SMEs reached SR186.2 billion ($49.6 billion) in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR165 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
A descending trend in quarterly growth rates has also been observed as the value of SME lending increased by just 0.8 percent in the third quarter of 2021, the lowest quarterly rate of growth recorded since the fourth quarter of 2019.
In addition, lending to SMEs from finance companies totaled SR14.2 billion in the third quarter of 2021 compared to SR13.5 billion in the previous quarter. It was also higher than last year’s SR10.8 billion in the same period.