Saudi authorities have signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the animal protein city in Jazan City for Basic and Transformational Industries as part of an ambitious project to support the Kingdom’s food sector.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between officials of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu as well as the National Livestock and Fisheries Development Program.
Through the MoU, the two sides seek to contribute to supporting the food processing of meat, fish, and crustaceans and their modern applications, according to regular procedures.
It also intends to support joint coordination in applying practices for livestock and fisheries sustainability in the region and to facilitate importing to cover the local demand, as per the statement.
The MoU also aims to work on building food clusters, developing logistical services for supply chains, and establishing training centers in the field of food industries to develop human capabilities and support entrepreneurs.
According to the statement, “This is besides achieving the Kingdom’s ambitious goals of localizing 85 percent of the food industries by 2030.”
The selection of Jazan City to be the headquarters of the new animal protein city came due to its unique advantage of overlooking the Red Sea, which connects it to several continents, thus facilitating the arrival of Saudi exports to Europe, Africa, and East Asia.
This also provides the appropriate infrastructure for the localization of several value-added manufacturing industries for the local economy, to meet the local and global demand for high-quality Saudi food products.