Saudi, UK Discuss Developing Trade and Investment

A general view is seen of the London skyline from Canary Wharf in London, Britain, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
A general view is seen of the London skyline from Canary Wharf in London, Britain, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
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Saudi, UK Discuss Developing Trade and Investment

A general view is seen of the London skyline from Canary Wharf in London, Britain, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
A general view is seen of the London skyline from Canary Wharf in London, Britain, October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

The Economic and Social Committee of the Saudi Arabia-UK Strategic Partnership Council held its third meeting in London, headed by Saudi Minister of Commerce, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, and UK Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Grant Shapps.

The meeting discussed improving bilateral relations and enhancing cooperation in fields agreed upon in the Strategic Partnership, in addition to highlighting the significant economic and social progress recognized since the launch of the Saudi Vision 2030.

It also reaffirmed the continuous commitment to support the goals of the vision and the Saudi program for economic diversification, in addition to working to develop trade and investment between the two kingdoms.

The Saudi-UK Strategic Partnership Council seeks to boost economic relations in several fields, mainly financial services, especially FinTech (financial technology), open banking, green finance, and priority investment sectors.

It also aims at strengthening educational partnerships, cooperation in health care (including preparedness for epidemics) and health technology, and the general development of the entire healthcare system.

This comes in addition to cooperation in carbon capture, utilization and storage, hydrogen production, renewable energy sources, space, mining, pharmaceuticals, and aviation, and partnerships in the film, heritage, arts, tourism, and entertainment sectors.

The Economic and Social Committee held its first meeting in Jeddah in 2019.



President Lula Urges Recognition of Brazil, Saudi Arabia’s Growing Economic Influence

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the FII Priority Summit in Rio de Janeiro (FII Institute)
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the FII Priority Summit in Rio de Janeiro (FII Institute)
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President Lula Urges Recognition of Brazil, Saudi Arabia’s Growing Economic Influence

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the FII Priority Summit in Rio de Janeiro (FII Institute)
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the FII Priority Summit in Rio de Janeiro (FII Institute)

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has stressed the importance of including emerging nations in global economic discourse, highlighting the rising influence of countries like Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
In his opening remarks at the FII Priority Summit in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, President Lula highlighted that Brazil’s first-ever hosting of the Saudi Future Investment Initiative (FII) signifies the growing influence of emerging economies in the global economic talks, moving beyond established powerhouses.
Defying negative predictions, Brazil’s GDP grew by 2.5% over the past year, and the country is on course to become the world's eighth-largest economy by the end of my term, said Lula.
He also highlighted that in 2023, Brazil achieved a historic trade surplus, with exports from January to April reaching a record $108 billion, largely driven by the manufacturing sector.
Lula saw great potential in partnering with Saudi Arabia for mutual gains.
The Brazilian leader said his country is looking forward to creating a bilateral investment fund to explore unique opportunities and strengthen its partnership with the Kingdom.
On his part, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, shared the fund’s interest in investing in Brazil, particularly in technology, renewable energy, and mining.
The PIF governor also hoped for an opportunity to invest in the Brazilian football landscape.
Al-Rumayyan emphasized the PIF’s focus on entertainment and sports, noting that 70% of Saudi Arabia’s population is under 35.
He mentioned PIF’s significant initiatives in various sports, including football, and called Brazil an ideal place for such investments.
Al-Rumayyan explained that while 80% of PIF’s assets are invested in Saudi Arabia, the remaining 20%, about $200 billion, is invested internationally. The total assets under management are around $1 trillion, with a target to reach $2 to $3 trillion by 2030.
He stressed that most investments are within Saudi Arabia to create jobs, boost GDP, and localize production of imported goods.
The three-day FII Priority Summit, happening for the first time in Latin America, powered by FII Institute, gathers global officials and business leaders from various sectors. The event debates issues under the theme “Invest in Dignity.”
The summit gathers global leaders, government officials, investors, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. It is part of the FII Institute, known as “Davos in the Desert,” based in Riyadh.
The FII Institute hosts annual global conferences and initiatives to tackle major world challenges, focusing on environmental, social, and governance issues. The Saudi PIF manages the institute.