ANNOUNCEMENT 31 Dec 2013

In December 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia announced a change in private-sector financial support.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: 31 Dec 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

State loan

In 2014, the Saudi Industrial Development Fund published its Annual Report for the year 2013. The report mentions a 64 million SAR (ca. 17 million USD) loan for the construction of an iron grinding balls plant in Sudair Industrial City. The factory will also produce insulation sheets, industrial mills lining and railway repair spare parts.
As no inception date was provided for this state aid, the most conservative date, i.e. 31 December 2013, is assumed.
 
The Saudi Industrial Development Fund
The Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) was established in 1974 to provide financing and support for Saudi Arabia's private industry through medium- and long-term loans. The funds are meant to upgrade, expand and create new branches of the country's industry. Since its establishment, the SIDF has provided until the end of 2014 nearly 118 billion SAR (ca. 31.5 billion USD) of loans, with 45.4 billion SAR going to the chemical sector and 20.1 billion SAR to the manufacture of consumer products (cf. 2014 Annual Report).
 
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects the extent of discrimination against foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.
The list of affected trading partners is based on the 4-digit HS code 7302 as well as the 6-digit HS codes 721911, 730110 and 732591.
 

AFFECTED SECTORS