Saudi Arabia asks government contractors to buy essential food from national companies

Saudi Arabia’s Local Content and Government Authority on Monday issued a list of 28 items that government contractors should buy only from national companies, reports notes, citing the agency.
The directive, the agency notes, aims at supporting local products and boosting the Kingdom’s non-oil economy. The list primarily includes meat, poultry, fish and dairy products.
The list has been established following concertation with the ministries of environment, water and agriculture, industry and mineral resources, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Expenditure Efficiency and Governmental Projects Authority, and the Federation of Saudi Chambers.
The authority is also studying sectors where consumption of the items on the “mandatory” list is high to ensure the contractors involved in those areas abide by the regulations, Zawya reports. The sectors identified are military, health, education, and prison. Abdulrahman Al-Samari, CEO of the authority has indicated that the “mandatory” list is part of the government’s efforts to develop local content in all non-oil sectors.

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