New Saudi investment strategy aims for $100bln annual FDI flows - SPA

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a new investment strategy on Monday

  
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman speaks during televised interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2021. Picture taken April 27, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman speaks during televised interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 27, 2021. Picture taken April 27, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

CAIRO- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave details of a new investment strategy on Monday that aims to raise net foreign direct investment to 388 billon riyals ($103.45 billion) annually, the state news agency (SPA) reported.

The new strategy also aims to increase local investments to 1.7 trillion riyals annually by 2030, SPA said.

The crown prince said in March the kingdom was planning 12 trillion riyals worth of investments by 2030 as part of a 27-trillion-riyal spending push to diversify the economy of the world's biggest oil exporter.

That figure included 5 trillion riyals by the local private sector, 3 trillion riyals from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, and 4 trillion riyals under a new Saudi investment strategy, of which some 2 trillion would be foreign investment.

"The National Investment Strategy is all about empowering investors, offering investment opportunities, providing financing solutions and enhancing competitiveness", SPA said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia's push on domestic investment comes as foreign direct investment into the country lagged.

Net foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia totalled $5.5 billion last year at the height of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Alaa Swilam and Enas Alashray; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


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