Saudi crown prince announces transfer of 4 pct stakes in Aramco

Saudi crown prince announces transfer of 4 pct stakes in Aramco
Aramco's Shayba field is located in the northern edge of the Empty Quarter desert in Saudi Arabia. (Aramco)
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Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has announced the transfer of 4 percent of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company’s (Aramco) shares to the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

The transfer is part of the Kingdom’s long-term strategy to support the restructuring of its economy, in line with Vision 2030, the crown prince who is also serves as Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Investment Fund, said in a statement received here on Saturday.

The transfer also supports the PIF’s plans to grow its Assets under Management to around 4 trillion Saudi riyal (some 1.06 trillion U.S. dollars) by the end of 2025.

The shares will bolster the Fund’s strong financial position and high credit ratings in the medium term, as the PIF relies on the value of its assets and the returns on its Assets under Management for its funding strategy.

The crown prince indicated that the PIF continues to achieve its strategy by maximizing the value of its assets, launching new sectors, forming strategic partnerships, and localizing knowledge and technologies.

By 2025, the Public Investment Fund will deploy up to 1 trillion Saudi riyal (about 266.5 billion U.S. dollars) in domestic projects, increasing its local content contributions and the contributions of its portfolio of companies to around 60 percent, creating direct and indirect jobs in the local labor market.

The crown prince pointed out that after the transfer, the State will remain Aramco’s largest shareholder, retaining more than 94 percent of the total shares.

He concluded that the Kingdom remains committed to continuing the implementation of its financial and economic reforms and expanding the investment opportunities available to public development funds and the private sector to enable the realization of Vision 2030 targets.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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