Saudi Arabia and South Africa to host eighth joint economic commission

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Saudi Arabia and South Africa will host the eighth joint economic commission to discuss joint projects and bilateral cooperation.

The event is being held on 1 October in Saudi Arabia capital city, Riyadh.

The commission follows the news that ACWA Power, the Saudi energy developer and investor, will install a major solar project in the African country.

“The Kingdom’s renewable energy developer ACWA Power has announced plans to construct a mega solar energy plant in South Africa,” Dr Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, informed Arab News.

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“The 100MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plant will be capable of supplying power to 210,000 homes once operational.”

Davies will feature as a co-chair at the Saudi Arabia-South Africa Joint Economic Commission.

“I will hold talks with senior Saudi officials to examine prospects of cooperation in different sectors including energy, agro-processing, mining and pharmaceutical sectors,” Davies continued.

“My visit is also a follow-up on my President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in July this year, when the Kingdom pledged to invest $10 billion in South Africa’s energy, defense and agricultural sectors.”

“Ramaphosa has set a target to attract $100 billion in investments into the country within the next five years.”

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