National Industrial Clusters Development Program Saudi Arabia

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Sudi Arabian Development Plan 2009-2014 objectives include: improving the standard of living; developing human resources; increasing the recruitment of Saudi nationals; diversification of the economy; ensuring balanced regional development; and enhancing the competitiveness of the economy and Saudi products.

The Government's National Industrial Strategy aims to greatly develop and diversify the economy by 2020. Its objectives are to:

  • Expand manufacturing from 11% to 20% of GDP
  • Double Saudi industrial employment from 15% to 30%
  • Increase industrial exports from 18% to 35%
  • Double the proportion of technology-based manufactured products from 30% to 60%
  • Increase economic 'value added' by 8% a year
Another major plan, Vision 2020, lists similar and related strategies and aims such as: strengthening academic-industrial links; expanding manufacturing and industry; developing human resources; and expanding the private sector.

Supervised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals, the Industrial Clusters program has a significant role in meeting Vision 2020, National Industrial Strategy and broader government goals.

The cluster strategy is intended to:

  • Make the most of Saudi Arabia's abundant energy, natural resources and raw materials
  • Generate the fastest possible growth in exports
  • Bring the greatest benefits in technologies and skills development

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