Tourism ‘too big to fail’ warns Saudi assistant minister as she calls for governments to step up

Tourism ‘too big to fail’ warns Saudi assistant minister as she calls for governments to step up
Princess Haifa Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's assistant minister for Executive Affairs & Strategy, Ministry of Tourism
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Updated 27 October 2021

Tourism ‘too big to fail’ warns Saudi assistant minister as she calls for governments to step up

Tourism ‘too big to fail’ warns Saudi assistant minister as she calls for governments to step up

RIYADH: The tourism industry is “too big to fail”, according to a Saudi assistant minister as she invoked the 2008 banking collapse to describe the challenges facing the sector.

Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative Forum, Princess Haifa Al Saud called for enhanced cooperation between the public and private sectors with a focus on “redesigning the future of tourism”.

The Covid-19 pandemic devastated the travel industry as countries around the world imposed lockdown measures.

The assistant minister for Executive Affairs & Strategy in Saudi's tourism department said some 60 million jobs have been lost in tourism as a result of the measures used to tackle Covid-19.

Addressing delegates in Riyadh, she said: “We need to work cross-sectoral with different industries in order to have a proper recovery, but also with the private sector. 

“We need to enhance this collaboration, to sit down on a table together, listen and understand what the issues are, agree on what the issues are and set a way forward.

“During the financial crisis back in 2008 we said banking is too big to fail. Today I'm telling the world tourism is way too big to fail.”

She went on to argue that governments must take responsibility for ensuring the sector gets back on its feet, saying they must “not just point the finger and say in ‘this is needed’ and watch them go and do, but to actually take that journey with them”.

Her concerns over the industry’s future were echoed by Spain’s tourism minister Reyes Maroto, who said that his country “will use health passports and other tools to facilitate continual movement to achieve sustainability”.

“We cannot work separately from the private sector, they will take the initiative to move forward in the future,” he added.


Saudi Space Commission signs agreement with French counterpart 

Saudi Space Commission signs agreement with French counterpart 
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Saudi Space Commission signs agreement with French counterpart 

Saudi Space Commission signs agreement with French counterpart 
  • The agreement outlines different cooperative activities between the two firms, the Saudi firm said in a statement

RIYADH: The Saudi Space Commission has signed a cooperative agreement with its French counterpart, National Center for Space Studies, in the field of the peaceful use of outer space.

The agreement outlines different cooperative activities between the two firms, the Saudi firm said in a statement. It comes amid French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit in Saudi Arabia. 

It provides a framework for cooperation in space activities, including exchanging information and technologies, capacity building, organizing mutual visits and meetings, holding workshops and training courses. 

Both firms will also develop a mechanism for space-based climate monitoring, and create an attractive environment for investments in the sector. 

Mohammed Al-Tamaimi, CEO of the Saudi Space Commission, said he is pleased to sign the cooperation agreement, as well as to benefit from the French experience in the space sector.


Saudi Chemical, Sanofi sign deal to localize manufacturing of thrombosis drug 

Saudi Chemical, Sanofi sign deal to localize manufacturing of thrombosis drug 
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Saudi Chemical, Sanofi sign deal to localize manufacturing of thrombosis drug 

Saudi Chemical, Sanofi sign deal to localize manufacturing of thrombosis drug 
  • Clexane is a therapeutic solution that prevents and treats thrombosis

DUBAI: The Saudi Chemical Company Holding has signed an initial agreement with French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to explore manufacturing Clexane in Saudi Arabia. 

Clexane is a therapeutic solution that prevents and treats thrombosis, which may also “affect a significant percentage of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms,” the Saudi firm said in a bourse filing. 

Thrombosis is the formation of blood clot within a blood vessel which can lead to life-threatening complications such as stroke and heart attack. 

The MoU outlines Aja Pharma’s, a unit of SCCH, role to provide manufacturing facilities and systems to produce Clexane prefilled syringes in the Kingdom.

The move comes amid France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit in the Kingdom, where a number of deals between Saudi and French companies were signed. 

The agreement is also in line with the Kingdom’s push to localize critical industries, and drive economic growth with more local content. 


Here is what you need to know before Tadawul opens: Pre-Market

Here is what you need to know before Tadawul opens: Pre-Market
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Here is what you need to know before Tadawul opens: Pre-Market

Here is what you need to know before Tadawul opens: Pre-Market

RIYADH: The new coronavirus variant, Omicron, will be one of the driving forces for the Saudi stock market in the near-term, as fears over its economic impact continue to burden investor sentiment.

Saudi Economic and Development Securities Co. announced the approval of raising its Capital REIT fund’s assets value by SR701 million ($186.87 million) and the approval of the addendum of the fund’s terms and conditions.

Arabian Pipes Co. submitted an application for approval to cut capital and increase the company’s capital by offering a rights issue to the Capital Market Authority.

With reference to Allied Cooperative Insurance Group’s previous development recommendation, the company received the Saudi Central Bank’s approval to expand its capital from SR141 million to SR291 million through a rights issue for an additional six months.

Exploring the possibility of manufacturing Clexane prefilled syringes from the Kingdom, the global pharmaceutical giant Sanofi and Saudi Chemical Company Holding signed a memorandum of understanding.

AlJazira Capital Market declared the final dividend distribution of its REIT funds to shareholders – standing at 3.38 percent for 12 months.

Arabian Shield Cooperative Insurance Co. announced that e-voting on the Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting agenda items, including a rise in share capital, will commence today, Dec.21, at 10:00 a.m Saudi time.


Saudi non-oil sector maintains growth as PMI drops in November: IHS Markit

Saudi non-oil sector maintains growth as PMI drops in November: IHS Markit
Updated 05 December 2021

Saudi non-oil sector maintains growth as PMI drops in November: IHS Markit

Saudi non-oil sector maintains growth as PMI drops in November: IHS Markit
  • The new report business activity rose “at one of the fastest rates since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic”

DUBAI: Strong demand and modest price pressures are pushing business activity to rise Saudi Arabia, a latest IHS Market report showed, indicating a “strong growth momentum” for the Kingdom’s non-oil sector. 

The new Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) report said business activity rose “at one of the fastest rates since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This is despite the index dropping from 57.7 in October to 56.9 in November, which the report still said was “in line with the average recorded over the 12-year series.”

“Despite slipping to a three-month low, new business growth was rapid overall, whilst activity expanded at one of the quickest rates since the start of the pandemic,” David Owen, an economist at the IHS Markit said. 

The fall was due to a slowdown in new orders, which fell for the second month in a row from September’s seven-year high. 


IMF likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to omicron threat

IMF likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to omicron threat
Updated 05 December 2021

IMF likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to omicron threat

IMF likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to omicron threat



WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund is likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, the global lender’s chief said at the Reuters Next conference on Friday in another sign of the turmoil unleashed by the ever-changing pandemic.
Omicron has spread rapidly to at least 40 countries since it was first reported in South Africa last week, officials say, and many governments have tightened travel rules to try to keep it out.
“A new variant that may spread very rapidly can dent confidence, and in that sense, we are likely to see some downgrades of our October projections for global growth,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told the conference.
Much remains unknown about omicron. Researchers said it could have picked up genetic material from another virus, perhaps one that causes the common cold, which would allow it to more easily evade human immune system defenses.
Georgieva said the fund is also looking at all of its research processes in order to ensure the its data integrity in the wake of a data-rigging scandal at the World Bank.
“Is there something more that can be done, and we are looking at all the processes — are they sufficiently up to date with what others are doing?” Georgieva said.