Trade & Investment
From The Report: Saudi Arabia 2018
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For many decades Saudi Arabia has built its financial reserves with the proceeds of oil exports, while its increasingly affluent consumers have established the country as a significant importer of goods and services. However, lower oil prices have eroded the Kingdom’s healthy trade surplus, reminding countries around the world of the importance of having a diversified export base. Saudi Arabia’s newly formulated economic strategy aims to do just that, and targets an increase in foreign direct investment inflows to accomplish some of its goals. The coming years are likely to see considerable alterations to both the investment environment and the mechanisms that govern trading activity, as authorities aim to translate the strategy to reality.

This chapter contains interviews with Ibrahim Al Omar, Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority; and Saleh Al Solami, Secretary General, Saudi Exports Development Authority.