Saudi king orders $19 billion stimulus for private sector
The package aims to boost the role of the private sector in light of economic reforms to diversify the Saudi economy away from oil following a slump in crude prices.
The funds will be used to finance 16 initiatives, the largest of which earmarks $5.7 billion to provide subsidized housing loans to citizens, according to the official news agency SPA.
The Dec. 14 decree states that $1.33 billion will be used as a first instalment for the newly established exports promotion fund which will eventually have capital of $8 billion.
More than $2.6 billion will be used to support projects and $3.7 billion will be allocated to support construction technology, the decree said.
The remaining funds will be spent on a string of smaller projects carried out by the private sector with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of the Saudi economy.