Saudi Arabia, Egypt Sign MoU to Promote Exports, Automobile Industry

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chairs talks between the Egyptian side, headed by Minister of Industry Ahmed Samir, and his Saudi counterpart, Bandar al-Khorayef (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chairs talks between the Egyptian side, headed by Minister of Industry Ahmed Samir, and his Saudi counterpart, Bandar al-Khorayef (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Arabia, Egypt Sign MoU to Promote Exports, Automobile Industry

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chairs talks between the Egyptian side, headed by Minister of Industry Ahmed Samir, and his Saudi counterpart, Bandar al-Khorayef (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chairs talks between the Egyptian side, headed by Minister of Industry Ahmed Samir, and his Saudi counterpart, Bandar al-Khorayef (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed on Sunday two memorandums of understanding (MoU) in developing non-oil exports and developing their automobile industries.

The Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, Ahmed Samir, and Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar al-Khorayef, witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Egyptian Export Development Authority and its Saudi counterpart.

The statement added that the two sides also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Valeo Egypt company and the Saudi National Industrial Development Center in developing the automotive industry.

Khorayef started an official visit to Egypt on Saturday as part of Saudi Arabia's keenness to enhance the role of the mining and industrial sectors.

Later, the Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly received the Saudi Minister of Industry.

They discussed ways to enhance industry cooperation and integration between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Madbouly noted the enormous potential and human resources that the two countries possess, adding that Egypt is a huge market and a gateway to the continent of Africa.

He stressed the importance of having an agreement between the two countries that enables the private sector to achieve integration and partnership in the supply and production chains.

During the meeting, Minister Samir noted that Egyptian officials held meetings with their Saudi counterparts. They agreed on a set of joint work issues in industry, namely the industrial integration between the two countries.

The Egyptian minister said that cooperation in specific sectors would improve in the next stage, including the food and drug security industries and promoting exports to African markets.

For his part, the Saudi Minister explained that the national industry strategy aims to create a competitive and sustainable industrial economy.

Saudi Arabia is looking forward to integration with Egypt in the industries identified by the strategy to achieve food and drug security and cooperation for optimal utilization and creation of added value in the petrochemical and mining industries and the automotive industry.

Khorayef said the visit to Egypt would include a tour of several industrial sites and meetings with the private sector.

 



Saudi, British Companies Seek to Explore Sustainable Partnerships

Participants in the Great Futures Initiative conference which was recently held in Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Participants in the Great Futures Initiative conference which was recently held in Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi, British Companies Seek to Explore Sustainable Partnerships

Participants in the Great Futures Initiative conference which was recently held in Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Participants in the Great Futures Initiative conference which was recently held in Riyadh (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Several major national companies are participating in the UK-Saudi Sustainable Infrastructure Summit in London on June 24-26.

According to information made available to Asharq Al-Awsat, the Federation of Saudi Chambers is seeking to mobilize the largest possible number of companies specialized in sustainable infrastructure to explore partnerships with the United Kingdom in green construction, smart cities, and technologies.

The summit will address topics that touch on the importance of Saudi-British cooperation in developing and financing sustainable infrastructure and development of cities, in addition to green technology and renewable energy initiatives.

Trade Exchange

The event will be followed by a meeting of the sectoral working groups on June 25 and an evening celebration of the tenth anniversary of the British-Saudi Business Council. The Sports Investment Forum will be held on June 26.

The value of trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and Britain exceeded 17 billion pounds ($21 billion), while the two countries aim to increase the volume of bilateral trade to $37.5 billion by 2030.

In May, Riyadh hosted the Great Futures conference, one of the initiatives of the Saudi-British Strategic Partnership Council, which is chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The conference sought to strengthen economic relations in several promising sectors, in addition to developing trade and mutual investment.

The two kingdoms explored opportunities through 60 initiatives in 13 sectors that enhance economic, trade and investment partnerships in all fields.

Speaking at the event in May, Saudi Minister of Commerce Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi said that the United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of services in the world, and that his country has promising opportunities and a will to diversify the economy.

He added that joint cooperation between the two countries covers various fields, with a focus on the commercial, financial, digital, cultural, educational and health sectors, as well as sports, tourism and entertainment.