Saudi-Turkish Business Forum Helps Boost Economic Ties

Saudi Arabia's flag.
Saudi Arabia's flag.
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Saudi-Turkish Business Forum Helps Boost Economic Ties

Saudi Arabia's flag.
Saudi Arabia's flag.

The Saudi-Turkish Business Forum and Turkish Products Fair was held on March 4, 2024 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, SPA said on Tuesday.
The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum.
Saudi Minister of Commerce Majid Al-Qasabi emphasized the strong relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkiye, and the potential for increased collaboration.
He highlighted Saudi Arabia's "unprecedented transformation", driven by the "wise leadership, an ambitious vision, and a population of which 80% are young people".
The Minister also said that the Kingdom's vast oil and mineral resources, estimated at $1.5 trillion, are contributing significantly to its ongoing transformation.
Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih met with representatives of Turkish construction companies and highlighted the growing Saudi economy and the numerous investment opportunities, particularly in the construction sector, valued at $152 billion.
The targeted capital expenditure exceeded $3.3 trillion from 2022 to 2030, he said, reiterating that potential construction contracts range from $1.6 trillion to $$1.8 trillion.
Turkish Minister of Trade Omer Bolat emphasized the forum's significance to bolstering trade and economic ties between the two nations. He highlighted the $6.2 billion trade volume achieved in 2023, and expressed optimism for further growth.
He also underlined the Turkish companies' keenness to capitalize on investment opportunities arising from Saudi Vision 2030.
Second Vice Chairman of the Riyadh Chamber Naif Al-Rajhi emphasized the forum's role in building on the partnerships established at the Saudi-Turkish Business Forum held in Istanbul last October, which resulted in several cooperation agreements.
The forum concluded with the signing of new agreements between Saudi and Turkish companies.



IMF Board Approves Argentina Payout of Almost $800 Mn

Argentina's president Javier Milei has vowed to get inflation back down - AFP
Argentina's president Javier Milei has vowed to get inflation back down - AFP
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IMF Board Approves Argentina Payout of Almost $800 Mn

Argentina's president Javier Milei has vowed to get inflation back down - AFP
Argentina's president Javier Milei has vowed to get inflation back down - AFP

The IMF executive board voted to approve a payout of almost $800 million for Argentina as it continues a program of drastic economic reforms under its libertarian president, Javier Milei.

A self-declared "anarcho-capitalist," Milei has vowed to halt Argentina's economic decline and reduce the budget deficit to zero, and has embarked on a program to slash public spending and bring down inflation, which remains at an annual rate of more than 275 percent, AFP reported.

"The Executive Board assessed the program to be firmly on track, with all quantitative performance criteria through end-March 2024 met with margins," the International Monetary Fund said in a statement.

The decision by the IMF executive board to approve the eighth review of its loan program with the Latin American nation will allow for the disbursement of just over $793 million, bringing the total disbursements under the existing program to more than $41 billion.

"The Board emphasized that sustaining the strong progress requires improving the quality of fiscal adjustment, initiating steps towards an enhanced monetary and FX (foreign exchange) policy framework, and implementing the structural agenda," the IMF said.

"Continued efforts to support the vulnerable, broaden political support and ensure agile policymaking will also be necessary," it added.

"The good news continues," Milei wrote on X, sharing the IMF statement.

The payout approval follows an announcement earlier in the day that Argentine inflation came in at 4.2 percent in May, the lowest in two-and-a-half years, according to the INDEC statistics agency.