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Saudi government to spend $27bn on industry plan

Saudi government to spend $27bn on industry plan

The kingdom’s industrial development programme covers the mining, industry, logistics and energy sectors

The Saudi Arabian government will spend SAR100bn ($27bn) in 2019 and 2020 as part of its industrial development programme, Aabed Abdullah Al Saadoun, deputy minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources said on Monday.

The programme is offering investment opportunities in mining, industry, logistics and energy sectors inside the kingdom, according to a document distributed to participants at an investment conference the deputy minister was addressing in Riyadh.

The programme is offering investors the opportunity to invest in projects such as plants that manufacture rubber, catalysts and vehicles, it said.

Saudi Arabia’s 2019 budget allocated SAR33bn for the energy, industry, mining and logistics sectors, Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said in a tweet in December.

That is more than three times the amount allocated in the previous budget, he said, in a sign the kingdom is keep to boost diversification in these key sectors to create jobs for Saudis and wean economy off oil.

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