The Saudi Ministry of Investment (MISA) has signed 11 agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) during the Saudi-South African Investment Forum in Jeddah.
The Forum was attended by President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Minister of Investment Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Tourism, Mr. Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb, Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Mr. Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Competition in South Africa, Mr. Ebrahim Patel.
The event also witnessed broad participation from government officials, the Federation of Saudi Chambers, representatives of the private sector and companies from both countries.
The deals signed were with respect to government and private sectors in energy, water, green hydrogen, waste diversion, logistics, and aerial survey services, aimed at promoting the developing investment sectors between the two countries and the Middle East and South Africa region.
In his address at the forum, the Minister of Investment lauded the solid Saudi-South African relations, including the economic and trade cooperation spanning more than three decades, citing the Kingdom’s economic and competitive advantages, which is the largest economy in the Middle East and the Arab world, adding that the volume of the economy of this region is expected to exceed $1 trillion and that the Kingdom is growing at the fastest rate among the G20 economies, as it enjoys a strategic location linking three continents, and has a coastline of 1,200 KM along the Red Sea, through which about 15 percent of global trade travels.
On the Saudi-South African economic relations, Mr. Al-Falih explained that bilateral trade between the two countries is constantly growing, as it increased from $4.6 billion in 2019 to around $4.8 billion last year, and is expected to exceed $5.3 billion in 2022, reiterating the two countries’ ability to enhance these numbers to higher levels, by activating the tremendous commercial and logistical capabilities of the Kingdom and South Africa.
Mr. Al-Falih also underscored priority areas of cooperation between the Kingdom and South Africa, which include renewable and green energy, hydrogen and solar energy, mining, agriculture and food processing, industry, manufacturing, defense, and aerospace industries, tourism, communications, and information technology, stressing the importance of benefiting from the enormous potential of the two countries.
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