Saudi Arabia seeks Japanese investment in fast-growing mining sector

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As part of the Invest Saudi initiative, top ministry officials of the Kingdom and Japanese business leaders met in Tokyo between May 31 and June 2 to discuss ways to accelerate mutually beneficial partnerships and investment opportunities.

The Saudi-Japan Mining and Minerals Meeting provided a comprehensive overview of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious mining strategy while highlighting the significance of its National Investment Strategy.

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The officials also gave an overview of the Saudi system for mining licenses, outlining various exploring opportunities available for medium- and long-term investments.

It focused on supporting Japanese companies to invest in the Kingdom’s mining sector and its supply chain.

Rich in natural resources, Saudi Arabia has undertaken several policy initiatives in recent years to make its mining sector attractive to private investors.

The Kingdom’s strategic location and robust infrastructure also offered lucrative opportunities for firms to strengthen their global supply chain.

The Kingdom has been striving to transform the mining sector into the third pillar of the national strategy. This effort involves substantially exploring its natural resources across 5,300 sites.

It boasts over 20 distinct mineral types, including gravel, gold, iron, copper, granite and marble.

The Kingdom also features 35 specific geological formations, known as mineral belts, with abundant mineral deposits.

These initiatives align with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which aims to elevate the mining sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product to $64 billion by 2030.