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Saudi Arabia

There is a long tradition of international cooperation between Germany and Saudi Arabia. Since 1975 GIZ has delivered advisory and procurement services to various state and parastatal institutions in the Kingdom. Our operations in Saudi Arabia are carried out exclusively on behalf of the Saudi Arabian Government. To ensure the successful implementation of projects for the country’s ministries and authorities, we currently employ about 100 seconded staff members and 70 local employees.  

Saudi Arabia is a member of the G20 and is one of the richest countries in the world. Its massive oil reserves were discovered in the 1940s, and Saudi Arabia’s gross national income has increased by a factor of more than fifty over the last forty years alone. Demographic trends mirror this development. Almost thirty per cent of the population are younger than fifteen. This huge growth is confronting the government with a number of challenges. To help them deal with these, the government calls on GIZ experts to advise them. We operate in the Kingdom on the basis of a framework agreement signed in 1980 with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance.

GIZ’s work in Saudi Arabia primarily focuses on the following areas:

  • Vocational education and training
  • Health sector
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Organic farming
  • Standardisation
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Economic advisory services
  • Legal and organisational advisory services
  • Water and sanitation
  • Regional development
  • Food safety

Triangular cooperation arrangements are another important aspect of cooperation with Saudi Arabia. Under these arrangements we manage Saudi Arabia’s development projects with third countries, acting as the implementing organisation. We are, for instance, currently implementing the fourth phase of a well construction programme in 12 African states under the auspices of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).