Saudi Ministry of Industry signs MoU with Hyundai to boost vehicle industry

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials during the signing ceremony.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Motor Company, the global provider of smart transport solutions, in order to enhance the vehicle industry in the Kingdom.

The MoU aims at improving cooperation in vehicle manufacturing in the region in a way that realizes the national strategic goals for the industry in developing local manufacturing capabilities.

Further, this is in line with the targets of Saudi Vision 2030 which seeks to diversify the economic base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the statement, “The MoU stipulates planning for building a Saudi Arabia-based assembly plant with the CKD system for electric cars and internal combustion engines cars after Hyundai showed high interest and plans to explore joint investment opportunities with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieve entrepreneurship in businesses and projects that guarantee environment safety and sustainability.”

The Saudi National Industry Strategy seeks to localize the vehicle sector and increase investment opportunities in the sector, where light cars sales rates are expected to increase in the Kingdom by 2.2 percent during the upcoming decade, expecting the localization of the sector to yield big benefits to the Kingdom, where it represents a regional opportunity considering the volume of the light vehicle market and expectations that show a double increase rate compared to the international rate over the next 10 years.

The Kingdom is interested in developing this sector which will lead to attracting and developing the workforce with a focus on products with high added value, as per the statement.

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