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Saudi, Swedish Ministers Construct Economic Path

The Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning, Mr. Faisal bin Fadhel Al-Ibrahim, discussed with the Swedish Minister for International Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Mr. Johan Forssell, ways to enhance bilateral economic, trade, and investment relations.

Both ministers will also explore opportunities for cooperation in various fields of mutual interest.

This meeting occurred during his official visit to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Also present at the meeting was the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to the Kingdom of Sweden and the Republic of Iceland, Ms. Einas Al Shahwan.

Meeting of Minds

In the bustling atmosphere of the United Nations in New York, a significant dialogue unfolded between Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Economy and Planning and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Johan Forssell.

Their conversation, set against the backdrop of the SDG Summit 2023, centered on enhancing bilateral economic and investment relations and the shared ambition of accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)​​.

Crafting a Joint Economic Vision

The meeting was more than symbolic. It was a precursor to action, as Saudi Arabia and Sweden are sculpting a joint economic action plan for 2023.

This blueprint aims to fortify trade and investment ties, showcasing the Kingdom as a pivotal market for Swedish innovation and entrepreneurship.

The dialogue, facilitated by Hussein Al-Abdulkader of the Federation of Saudi Chambers and Petra Menander, the Swedish envoy to the Kingdom, spotlighted the potential for collaborative advancement in sectors like health, renewable energy, and technology​​.

Economic Traction, Vision 2030

The Kingdom’s economic landscape is fertile ground for such partnerships. With non-oil GDP nearly doubling since 2015, and a surge in non-oil exports, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is a beacon for potential foreign direct investments (FDI), despite current figures lingering at 0.7% of GDP.

This is expected to climb, backed by initiatives like the Regional Headquarters program and high-profile projects including Lucid Group and Ceer electric vehicle plants.

The religious tourism sector, a cornerstone of the Saudi economy, also shows signs of resurgence, promising a further boost to economic indicators​​.

Path Ahead

As the Vision 2030 strategy unfolds, it’s clear that the economic fabric of Saudi Arabia is being re-woven with threads of innovation, diversification, and international cooperation.

The meeting between Saudi and Swedish officials is a testament to this trajectory, marking not only a commitment to shared economic goals but to a future where sustainable development and mutual prosperity are inextricably linked.

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