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Saudi Arabia sees $7 trillion investment in 10 years

NEOM, Saudi Arabia, October 11, 2021

HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, announced today the launch of the National Investment Strategy (NIS), a key enabler to deliver on Vision 2030.
The Crown Prince highlighted that more than SR27 trillion ($7 trillion) will be injected into the Saudi economy in the next decade. Giving a breakdown, he said over SR12 trillion will be injected into the national economy through investment activity by 2030: the Shareek program initiatives will inject SR5 trillion, the Public Investment Fund is set to contribute SR3 trillion, and the remaining SR4 trillion will be generated by investments facilitated by the NIS. 
Further, the economy will receive SR10 trillion through government spending during the next 10 years and a further SR5 trillion from private consumption spending in the same period. 
By achieving these goals, the investment contribution to GDP is expected to increase from 22% in 2019 to 30% by 2030, making KSA’s economy one of the 15 largest in the world, and NIS is expected to raise annual FDI flows to SR388 billion and increase annual domestic investment to SR1.7 trillion by 2030, a statement said.
The NIS is a catalyst to deliver the kingdom’s economic transformation plan Vision 2030, which was first outlined by Prince Mohammed during its launch five years ago. “Our country holds strong investment capabilities, which we will harness to stimulate our economy and diversify our revenues,” he had said.
He added that the kingdom also seeks to harness its strengths: the strategic geographical position, investment power and place at the center of Arab and Islamic worlds.
The NIS will contribute to the growth and diversification of the kingdom’s economy, which, in turn, will achieve many Vision 2030’s goals, including raising the private sector’s contribution to GDP to 65%; increasing the contribution of FDI to GDP to 5.7%; increasing the contribution of non-oil exports to GDP from 16% to 50%; reducing the unemployment rate to 7%; and positioning the Kingdom among the top ten economies in the Global Competitiveness Index; by 2030, a statement said.
Prince Mohammed said at the National Investment Strategy’s launch: "Today, the kingdom embarks on a new investment era to empower Saudi and international private-sector investors with more and better opportunities. Investment is without a doubt one of the main routes for us to achieve the ambitions and aspirations of Vision 2030, among them economic development, diversification and sustainability; technology transfer and localization; infrastructure development; better quality of life; job opportunities and the upskilling of our human resources, leaving a legacy of prosperity for future generations.”
His Royal Highness added: "The National Investment Strategy is all about empowering investors, offering investment opportunities, providing financing solutions and enhancing competitiveness. It also clarifies the partnership between the public and private sectors, as our mission is now to open the door to the private sector and allow it to grow and prosper.”
The Crown Prince said the NIS will draw up comprehensive investment plans for sectors, including manufacturing, renewable energy, transport and logistics, tourism, digital infrastructure, and health care.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince reiterated that that KSA’s ambitious investment goals will be achieved through the combined efforts of several entities such as the Public Investment Fund, and large Saudi companies through the Shareek Program, as well as further domestic and international investments.
The Prince added: “Today, we are proud of the remarkable achievements made in the ‘Kingdom of Opportunities’ during the first phase of Vision 2030, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. We will continue our work to pave the way towards a bright future, enriched by a diversified and sustainable economy. This strategy is one means to achieve this goal, and we are confident in our abilities to reach our ambitious targets and meet the aspirations of our great people.”
The Crown Prince concluded his announcement by emphasising the importance of investment in driving the economic growth and sustainable development targeted under Vision 2030. 
The NIS will also drive investment in the Kingdom by enhancing the business environment, increasing investment attractiveness and competitiveness, instigating key regulatory and legislative measures, connecting investors with investment opportunities, offering incentive packages for selected projects and attracting regional headquarters to the Kingdom, not to mention helping local companies position their products and services successfully in regional and global markets.
The NIS complements the investment strategies of various Vision Realization Programs such as the Public Investment Fund Program, the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, the Privatization Program, the Financial Sector Development Program and the Quality of Life Program, in addition to other national strategies.
A comprehensive governance framework will ensure the implementation of the strategy through oversight from a new Supreme National Investment Committee chaired by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince that will set and approve incentive packages for superior investments and develop investment opportunities.
The strategy includes several initiatives such as establishing special economic zones with competitive regulations and incentives that attract investments in priority sectors; a program to transfer strategic supply chains to KSA and acquire a market share in supply chain components; diversifying funding options which include developing new financing solutions for the private sector to promote capital formation, as well as the enhancement of “Invest Saudi” as the national platform for presenting and marketing investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia. - TradeArabia News Service


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