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GlaxoSmithKline boosts stake in Saudi unit

GlaxoSmithKline boosts stake in Saudi unit

Healthcare is one of several sectors the kingdom wants to reform under its 2030 plan

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Monday it has boosted its stake in its Saudi Arabian unit to 75 per cent as it seeks to benefit from the kingdom’s plan to transform the economy and raise local manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

Healthcare is one of several sectors the kingdom wants to reform under its 2030 plan to diversify the economy away from a reliance on oil.

Before the acquisition, GSK owned 49 per cent of Glaxo Saudi Arabia, a business it formed in 1992 with local partner Banaja KSA Holding Company.

In addition to the acquisition, GSK plans to invest more than SAR900m ($240m) in its Saudi operations over the next three years. It plans to expand production at its Jeddah manufacture site by 30 per cent.

“The acquisition represents a step forward towards the strengthening of our operations in the kingdom,” said Andrew Miles, vice president and general manager of GSK in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. “Today, 80 per cent of our portfolio is locally manufactured in Jeddah.”

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