Saudi Arabia preparing for 160 privatisation deals in 2022

Web Desk BOL News

26th Nov, 2021. 11:41 am
Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is preparing 160 privatisation deals and intends to announce more of these operations next year, Arab News quoted Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan, as saying.

Speaking at the Financial Stability Conference, Al-Jadaan said while the Al-Jadaan will not be fully privatiSed as a service provider, parts of it, such as radiology, could be.

He highlighted the high cost of equipment being behind this decision.

Privatisation will also continue in the education and logistics sectors and will intensify further in the next phase, he said.

The executive plan for the privatization programme has recently been published and speaks of a wide range of sectors, Al-Jadaan said.

“We have over 160 diverse projects in a range of sectors,” Al-Jadaan added.

Al-Jadaan also said the Saudi government continues to adopt policies to deal with the coronavirus pandemic with realistic, transparent and responsible procedures, he added.

These measures put the kingdom on the path of recovery and stability, he said.

The minister indicated that the government launched a set of financial reforms aimed at a comprehensive and total change of the economy to bring about a major developmental shift.

The minister also said that preliminary estimates for the third quarter of this year indicated a growth of 6.2 per cent of the non-oil gross domestic product, stressing that this was reflected in promising results for the performance of the public finances.

He revealed that the government is working on a financial sustainability programme to reduce the impact of external factors, including fluctuations in oil markets, by adopting new financial rules.