Saudi Arabia Plans Investment Facilitation Centre At GIFT City

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Saudi Arabia Plans Investment Facilitation Centre At GIFT City

| Updated: September 12, 2023 15:52

In a potential boost to investments in the state, Gujarat is going to see the setting up of a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) office by Saudi Arabia at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar.

Investment minister of Saudi Arabia Khalid A. Al Falih said that within the next few weeks, he would send a strong delegation to GIFT City to explore the opportunity for the investment facilitation centre. 

“I will match your offer and commit today that we will open an office in India for investment facilitation…we are talking about bi-directional (facilitation),” he said here at the India-Saudi Arabia Investment Forum meet.

He said this in response to a request by Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal. GIFT City in Gujarat is a multi-purpose special economic zone for financial services. He said the delegation will explore Gift City or Mumbai or New Delhi.

The Saudi minister also offered to set up a digital and physical space in Riyadh for Indian startups to access markets, partners and funding.

“Hopefully in the next few weeks we will create a joint agreement between our national venture capital fund and their counterpart in India to channel venture capital and funding to startups that will have the opportunity to leverage our two markets,” he said.

Saudi investments in India stood at USD 3.22 billion from April 2000 to June 2023.

Khalid said the investments were made by government-owned Public Investment Fund (PIF) in some of the bigger Indian companies.

He added that PIF was keen on the Indian market and its investments but now the investments were going to increase.

Piyush Goyal also said he had suggested that India would set up an office in Riyadh in partnership with Ficci and Invest India and some officials of the commerce and industry ministry.

“We have invited PIF, other SWFs, and investors to come and set up an office in GIFT City. Khalid Bhai and I both are committed to it…We have agreed that within the next 6 months, we will make both these in action on the ground,” Goyal added.

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