Saudi Arabia Continues to Search for Cooperation Opportunities in Digital Economy, Space

Saudi and French officials meet in Paris to discuss cooperation opportunities in digital economy. Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi and French officials meet in Paris to discuss cooperation opportunities in digital economy. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Saudi Arabia Continues to Search for Cooperation Opportunities in Digital Economy, Space

Saudi and French officials meet in Paris to discuss cooperation opportunities in digital economy. Asharq Al-Awsat
Saudi and French officials meet in Paris to discuss cooperation opportunities in digital economy. Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi officials have held a series of meetings in search for cooperation opportunities in digital economy, space and innovation.

Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha, met on Monday in Paris with the French ambassador for Digital Affairs, Henri Verdier, in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer-designate of the Saudi Space Commission, Dr. Muhammad Al-Tamimi, and the designated President of King Abdulaziz City for Technical Sciences, Dr. Munir Al-Desouki.

Discussions focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the Kingdom and France on technical and digital transformation, space and innovation.

The meeting also discussed stimulating the growth of the digital economy and the innovation system and accelerating the adoption of modern technologies in the Middle East and North Africa region by relying on the digital and logistical platform provided by the Kingdom as a hub for connecting continents.

In May, Saudi Arabia announced its willingness to search for investment opportunities in the space industry. Al-Swaha, who was newly appointed at the time, stressed that the priority of the commission was to start working on its strategy according to solid and scientific foundations, in coordination with the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.

“The objectives of the strategy will be based on the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in the space sector, which emphasizes the importance and vitality of this field, with the aim of taking advantage of the promising opportunities in the space industry to build a knowledge economy based on the latest technologies and innovations,” he said.



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.