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Plus de 4000 sociétés françaises travaillent avec l’Arabie Saoudite

 

RIYAD: Site de l'Ambassade de France, Juin 2014

 

Les Douanes françaises viennent de publier un document sur la typologie des entreprises françaises ayant exporté en Arabie Saoudite en 2012.

On relève que 4047 sociétés françaises ont exporté vers le Royaume, pour un montant total de 3,217 Md €. Ce chiffre est relativement stable (hausse de 1 % par rapport à 2011). La répartition, en fonction de leur taille, est la suivante :

  • 1214 TPME (30 %) pour un total de 80 M€ ( 9 %) :
  • 1491 PME ( 36 %) pour un total de 492 M€ (15 %) ;
  • 976 entreprises de taille intermédiaire (ETI), soit 24 %, pour un total de 1,262 Md € (39 %) ;
  • 355 grandes entreprises (9 %) pour un total de 1,381 Md € (43 %).

Rapporté à l’appareil exportateur français, nos PME-TPME sont moins présentes en nombre sur le marché saoudien (66 % contre 80 % pour l’ensemble), mais leur contribution à nos exportations y est sensiblement plus importante (24 % contre 15 %).

Ces chiffres confirment, d’une part, que le marché saoudien n’est pas réservé aux seuls grands groupes et que nos PME y trouvent plus d’opportunités que dans d’autres pays et, d’autre part, que le potentiel de ce marché n’est pas encore totalement exploité par nos PME qui gagneraient à venir plus nombreuses et plus souvent en Arabie Saoudite, en s’appuyant, notamment, sur les équipes locales d’Ubifrance.

 

Source: http://www.ambafrance-sa.org/Plus-de-4000-societes-francaises

Forum d’affaires franco-saoudien à Paris

RIYAD: Site de l'Ambassade de France.

 

Le ministère français du Commerce Extérieur (avec le soutien du MEDEF International) et le ministère saoudien du Commerce et de l’Industrie ont co-organisé la première édition du forum d’affaires franco-saoudien qui s’est tenu à Paris du 10 au 12 avril.

L’objectif de ce forum était de mettre en évidence les opportunités d’affaires et d’investissements existant en Arabie saoudite, et de permettre des contacts directs entre les deux parties, tant au niveau des officiels que des entreprises. Il fut en ce sens un franc succès, eu égard aux discussions riches et à la qualité des intervenants.

Emmenée par le ministre du commerce et de l’industrie Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah, la délégation saoudienne rassemblait 200 officiels et chefs d’entreprises, qui ont pu échanger avec quelques 450 participants côté français. Quatre ministres français se sont mobilisés pour l’occasion : M. Pierre Moscovici, ministre de l’économie et des finances, M. Arnaud Montebourg, ministre du redressement productif, Mme. Nicole Bricq, ministre du commerce extérieur et M. Guillaume Garot, ministre délégué à l’agroalimentaire. Le Président de la République a lancé le forum en accueillant la délégation saoudienne par une réception au palais de l’Elysée.

Le forum s’est ensuite articulé autour de séances plénières thématiques, de huit tables rondes sectorielles et de 120 rendez-vous d’affaires. Le forum fut aussi l’occasion d’organiser trois rencontres au niveau ministériel en présence des entreprises concernées : une rencontre entre Mme. Nicole Bricq et Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah sur le thème des transports, un déjeuner « énergie » en présence de M. Arnaud Montebourg et d’un vice-président de la KA-CARE (King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energies), enfin une rencontre de Mme. Bricq et de M. Guillaume Garot avec les entreprises françaises et saoudiennes du secteur agroalimentaire de discuter des multiples opportunités que présente le marché saoudien.

 

Source: http://www.ambafrance-sa.org/Forum-d-affaires-franco-saoudien

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Housing needs urgent attention, say Jeddah Economic Forum participants

JEDDAH: KHALIL HANWARE ARAB NEWS STAFF

Participants of the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF), which ended yesterday after a three-day run, generally felt that the annual event was “interesting and highly informative.”
“Although the forum’s theme was housing, what’s strange is that a rich country like Saudi Arabia should face the housing problem, as was indicated by some speakers,” one of them said when asked to give his reaction to the forum’s three-day deliberations held at the Jeddah Hilton. “Instead, the Kingdom with its ever-growing population should focus more on urban development,” he remarked.
Adnan H. Mandoura, secretary-general of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), which organized the forum, said: “This year’s forum tackled important issues as usual. The housing issue is something that needs to be solved in the interest of citizens,” he said, referring to the forum’s central theme. “Speakers discussed the housing issue from different perspectives and we learned a lot from their experiences. I hope we will benefit from the discussion and succeed in finding a lasting solution to the problem.”
Asya Al-Ashaikh, founder and CEO of Tamkeen, said: “The fact that this year’s forum focused on housing shows the importance given to the problem. The discussion showed a collective acknowledgement from every corner that the issue needs to be tackled as early as possible.”
Djordjija Petkoshi of Takamul, the national project for corporate social responsibility (CSR), said: “The forum was very impressive. Housing is a global problem. Saudi Arabia is really trying to come out with a strategy to tackle this problem in a more holistic way.”
Antonious Hanna, deputy general manager of Cooperative Insurance Consultancy based in Jeddah, who was attending the forum for the third year in a row, said: “It’s a good opportunity to see overseas speakers at the forum, whose expertise in various fields could benefit the Kingdom. All countries in the world are facing the housing problem, including Arab countries, because of their rising population. I believe that without proper government planning it will be difficult for any country to tackle the housing problem. The forum discussion shows the intent and seriousness of the Kingdom to find a long-term solution to meet the requirements of the people.”
Tawfik Alwan, managing partner, Emesus, said the forum tackled housing, one of the most important issues. It’s a good step. However, he said: “I believe the shortage of housing could turn into crisis if the problem is not solved in all its urgency. I am happy that many businessmen, institutions, and government agencies came together during the forum to discuss the issue.”

 

Source : http://www.arabnews.com/news/445266

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KSA needs to build 143,000 units annually

JEDDAH: NADIM AL-HAMID ARAB NEWS STAFF

Tuesday 19 March 2013

 

Last Update 18 March 2013 9:03 pm

 

Tarek Ali Fadaak, a member of the Shoura Council, said the Kingdom is in need of 143,000 housing units annually.
Fadaak said the housing sector needed long-term financing while the real estate sector’s needs are short-term.
The Shoura member also stressed the need to have a clear understanding of all aspects of a problem in order to find suitable solutions for it. “For instance,” he said, “the limited income group is not clearly defined.”
He commended the “constructive steps” taken to end the housing problem with the 500,000-unit free housing project ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the adoption of a housing strategy that seeks to facilitate every citizen owning a house, in addition to the launch of the mortgage law and the Real Estate Development Fund facility that provides loans up to SR 500,000 to an individual looking to buy a house.
By contrast, Tunisia’s Housing Minister Shahida Faraj Bouraoui said in her address to the forum: “The Tunisian government’s efforts in the housing sector focuses on encouraging private companies to invest in the housing sector on the one hand and mounting pressure on the companies to reduce cost and ensure quality on the other.”
She added that the country set up a national agency for housing, which develops land for construction. The Tunisian Real Estate Corporation for Housing, on the other hand, focuses on expensive houses with the aim of making up for the losses incurred by low-cost housing projects, she said. The country has also enacted a number of laws to simplify complicated housing formalities, she added.
Jaime Lerner, former governor of the state of Parana, Brazil, warned decision makers that their housing strategies should consider people’s tastes or else the projects would become a waste of capital. Residential projects should not be far from cities and there should be a public transport system to link the neighborhoods to the city and should cater to other needs, he said. If such factors are not considered, people will not be willing to live in such houses, citing the abandoning of a giant residential project in Mexico because people did not find the facilities they wanted.
New building projects should also be in line with peoples’ aspirations. That is why 40,000 housing units have been built in Brazil strictly adhering to that country’s local architectural style.
David Smith, finance leader for affordable housing in the United States and chairman & founder of the global nonprofit Affordable Housing Institute, said the greatest challenge to affordable housing was financing. It needs successful partnership between public and private sectors with state support and clear laws, Smith said.

 

Source :http://www.arabnews.com/news/445269