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26 Agreements Worth $20b Sealed in Conclusion of ‘Invest Saudi’

26 Agreements Worth $20b Sealed in Conclusion of ‘Invest Saudi’

Friday, 1 November, 2019 - 11:15
Top finance moguls and political leaders attended the three-day Davos-style Saudi investment summit, which concluded on Oct. 31, 2019. (AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE)

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority closed on Thursday the third Future Investment Initiative (FII) with 26 deals worth USD20 billion.

The “Invest Saudi” platform witnessed the signing of two agreements on Thursday between Triple Five and the Saudi Real Estate Company in addition to an agreement between the American company Sprinkler and Samaat.

The first agreement between Samaat and Spencer included a collaboration to exchange and transfer experiences between the two parties in the areas of management of social networking platforms, raise the efficiency of digital visibility of customers, in addition to improving customer experiences in digital services.

The second agreement was signed between Alakaria and the US Triple 5 included international cooperation to develop the biggest entertainment shopping center in Al Widyan project in Riyadh. The project would encompass shopping centers, water gardens, entertainment, and sports center in addition to multi-service centers.

The Authority had previously announced the signing of 24 agreements that took place within the framework of the Future Investment Initiative. The agreements included several investment activities in various strategic sectors, most notably the energy and water sector, in addition to the pharmaceutical sector, logistics, petrochemicals, technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Moreover, Brazilian food company BRF S.A. global chief executive Lorival Luz stressed that the kingdom enjoys an environment that is attractive for foreign investment.

Luz told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that he advises all firms to invest in Saudi Arabia, adding that BRF S.A. had the chance to invest in other places but preferred the kingdom because of the facilitation provided.

He continued that the company has been present in the kingdom for more than 40 years, and is quite aware of the Saudi business environment.

Luz noted that the firm seeks to get deeper into the Saudi market not only through local distribution but also local production then exporting to the rest of the countries via the local factories in the kingdom.

Further, he affirmed that the results will be positive especially with the existence of a high-standards product in an adequate environment that boosts investment.

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