Saudi Arabia: Global Strategic Partnerships Accelerate Electric Vehicle Industry

An electric car displayed during the Global EV & Mobility Technology Forum 2024 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
An electric car displayed during the Global EV & Mobility Technology Forum 2024 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Saudi Arabia: Global Strategic Partnerships Accelerate Electric Vehicle Industry

An electric car displayed during the Global EV & Mobility Technology Forum 2024 (Asharq Al-Awsat)
An electric car displayed during the Global EV & Mobility Technology Forum 2024 (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Saudi Arabia has forged strategic partnerships with major international companies to exceed the production capacity of 600,000 electric cars annually, supported by the efforts of the Public Investment Fund to promote this sector.
Speaking at the Global EV & Mobility Technology Forum, which is held in Riyadh on July 10-11, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Investment for Investment Development, Mohammed Al-Sahib, said that the Saudi market accounts for more than half of the total car sales in the GCC, which reflects the crucial role of the technology sector in the Kingdom’s economic landscape.
Al-Sahib also underlined his ministry’s keenness to double efforts aimed at providing the necessary resources, knowledge and guidance to support the industry.
Sustainable mobility
The forum featured an exhibition during which international companies, such as Lucid Motors, displayed sustainable mobility solutions, in addition to dialogue sessions that touched on several important files in the electric vehicle industry, including: future mobility solutions, operational efficiency and sustainability, the landscape of the automotive industry and opportunities in Saudi Arabia as part of the national strategy for the industry.
The forum also saw other important discussions on future initiatives and government policies for sustainable mobility in the Kingdom, in addition to strategies for promoting the adoption of electric vehicles, and the necessity of partnerships between the public and private sectors in financing and implementing future projects.
Foreign investments
The American Lucid company, which is partially owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, has opened the first factory in the Kingdom for electric cars in King Abdullah City (western Saudi Arabia).
Moreover, the Saudi sovereign fund established the Ceer automobile company, which is expected to attract foreign investments amounting to SAR 562 million ($149 million) and contribute to the domestic product by about SAR 30 billion ($8 billion) by 2034.
In November 2023, the Fund also launched the EVIQ Company, which specializes in providing electric charging points throughout the Kingdom, in addition to building a strong infrastructure for the sector, which helps raise the percentage of use of electric vehicles among members of society.

 

 



Arab Parliament, World Bank Discuss Development in Arab Countries

The World Bank logo. (File/Asharq Al-Awsat Ar)
The World Bank logo. (File/Asharq Al-Awsat Ar)
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Arab Parliament, World Bank Discuss Development in Arab Countries

The World Bank logo. (File/Asharq Al-Awsat Ar)
The World Bank logo. (File/Asharq Al-Awsat Ar)

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel bin Abdulrahman Al-Asoumi has met with World Bank President Ajay Banga in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to strengthen relations and the development of Arab countries.
Al-Asoumi said that developing the human capital is an important, and urgent, priority for Arab countries, and a foremost concern for both the Arab Parliament and the World Bank. It is the basis for joint work toward development, SPA reported.
The General Secretariat of the Arab Parliament in Cairo said that Al-Asoumi indicated that Arab countries have great development needs in many areas where the World Bank plays an important role, noting that the difficult humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip requires urgent intervention in many areas of development, notably health and education. A number of constructive proposals were also given for consideration by the World Bank.