Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong Ink Deal to Increase Direct Investment


AA newly signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong is poised to expand investment opportunities. The agreement, endorsed in Hong Kong in the presence of Saudi Arabia's Minister of Investment, Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, focuses on fostering increased collaboration in funding avenues. Its primary objective is to promote and streamline direct investment between the two regions by facilitating the exchange of business-related rules and regulations, thus encouraging business environment enhancements.

The memorandum also aims to bolster support for exhibitions and collaborative work sessions and facilitate exchange visits to enrich the prospects for direct investment. This agreement materialized during the visit of a prominent Saudi delegation comprising government officials and private sector leaders to China and Hong Kong. It signifies the Kingdom's deepening ties with Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China. Last November, Hong Kong's stock market made history as the first in the Asia Pacific to enable investors to speculate on an exchange-traded fund solely invested in Saudi Arabia's equities market.

The ETF, tracking the FTSE Saudi Arabia Index, received an initial investment of $1 billion, marking one of the most substantial debuts in the territory. Prior to its launch, Paul Chan, the financial secretary of the Hong Kong Government, expressed, "The ETF's significant asset size globally demonstrates financial connectivity within the Belt and Road Initiative". He further anticipated increased collaboration in financial products between the two regions, fostering broader financial connectivity and capital flow.

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