Saudi Arabia to Allocate $800 Million of Loans for Least Developed Countries

Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim during the fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha - SPA
Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim during the fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha - SPA
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Saudi Arabia to Allocate $800 Million of Loans for Least Developed Countries

Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim during the fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha - SPA
Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim during the fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha - SPA

Saudi Arabia will allocate $800 million through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to finance development projects for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in regions including Africa and Asia, Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal bin Fadhil Al Ibrahim announced during the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha.

“Despite the developmental and social progress achieved over the past 50 years, fundamental challenges faced by Least Developed Countries remain and have become more complex and urgent — especially with the increased vulnerabilities faced by these countries,” Al Ibrahim said in his remarks.

“Through Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom has projects and initiatives that contribute to achieving economic prosperity, social well-being and environmental protection for all, in line with the Sustainable Development Agenda, he added.

"The Kingdom is also committed to supporting the least developed countries through helping them overcome challenges and working with the international community to push these countries towards progress and development.”

According to Al Ibrahim, Saudi Arabia had provided $96 billion in humanitarian and development aid to 167 countries in the last three decades.

Also, the SFD has provided 330 loans totaling $6.26 billion to LDCs from 1975 to 2022, financing 308 development projects and programs benefiting 35 countries.

Al Ibrahim noted that the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (SPRDY), established by the Kingdom in 2018, has a strategy aimed at development plans in coordination with the Yemeni government and in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

To date, the program has implemented 224 projects and initiatives worth $917 million, supporting the people of Yemen.

The Minister concluded by stating that the Kingdom will cooperate with international partners on initiatives to support the development and continue to play a leading role in all fields of development at regional and international levels to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



Egypt Says it Cut Foreign Debt by $14 Bln in 5 Months to May

The Central Bank of Egypt's headquarters is seen in downtown Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
The Central Bank of Egypt's headquarters is seen in downtown Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt Says it Cut Foreign Debt by $14 Bln in 5 Months to May

The Central Bank of Egypt's headquarters is seen in downtown Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
The Central Bank of Egypt's headquarters is seen in downtown Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt reduced its external debt by $14 billion in the five months to end-May, the sharpest such decline in the country's history, a statement released on Monday by Egypt's press center said.
The country's external debt fell to $154 billion as of the end of May from $168 billion at the end of December, according to the statement which quoted an unnamed high-level source at the central bank.
Egypt quadrupled its debt over the last nine years to help among others fund a new capital, build infrastructure and support an overvalued currency.