Tuesday 19 February 2019

Officials at the signing ceremony held in Dhahran.

ECA inks co-op deal on Saudi economic cities

ABU DHABI, January 17, 2018

Saudi-based Economic Cities Authority (ECA) has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi's future energy  company Masdar to cooperate on projects and services to progress the Saudi Economic Cities initiative and in turn advance the strategic objectives of both parties.

The agreement aims to establish cooperation and knowledge exchange between both parties in planning future sustainable cities and will enable the economic cities to play their role in the kingdom’s development.

"This MoU will definitely support Eca and Masdar in achieving their goals by cooperating in a number of vital fields that are essential to the future of the national economy," remarked Mohanud Helal, the secretary general of ECA, after signing the deal with Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, the chief executive of Masdar in the presence of Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and chairman of Masdar.

He pointed out that ECA will continue to build fruitful and constructive relationships with parties that can help the authority fulfil its role in realising the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to create a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation.

"ECA is determined to make an effective contribution to achieving the goals of our wise leadership and the ambitions of Saudi citizens," he noted.

On the new deal, Al Ramahi said: "We are delighted to sign this MoU with the Saudi Eca, through which we aim to exchange knowledge and expertise in the  sustainable cities field."

Additionally, the MoU covers cooperation on modern infrastructure design for smart cities, economic feasibility reports, developing services in the economic cities, attracting value-adding investments to diversify the economy, and providing quality job opportunities for Saudi youth.

Both parties will utilise their relations with relevant authorities to achieve the desired objectives of the agreement, which include consulting services, mutual development, and knowledge exchange in any sustainable development field, in addition to urban development, transportation, economic development, smart cities and renewable energy.

"We also aim to share our successful experience in developing Masdar City – one of the most sustainable cities in the world – with our brothers in ECA and we look forward to promoting and maintaining this cooperation so we can advance sustainable urban development and expand its reach using commercially viable methods," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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