17 Apr 2024

Last update 31 / 01 / 2024

GASTAT issues FDI index for 2022 and for Q3 of 2023

The General Authority for Statistics GASTAT has released the annual statistics publication of foreign direct investment FDI for the year 2022 and for Q3 of 2023 in Saudi Arabia. This is the first time GASTAT has announced these indicators after adopting its calculation methodology in October of last year. 
According to the publication's results, the total balance of FDI in Saudi Arabia reached 762 billion SAR at the end of 2022. The total inflows of FDI in Saudi Arabia amounted to 123 billion SAR, while the total outflows reached 17 billion SAR. The net inflows of FDI in Saudi Arabia amounted to 105 billion SAR.
In the same context, GASTAT published the statistics of FDI for Q3 of 2023, indicating that the total inflows of FDI in Saudi Arabia amounted to 17 billion SAR. The total outflows of FDI in Saudi Arabia reached 5 billion SAR, while the net inflows of FDI in Saudi Arabia amounted to 11 billion SAR.
On this occasion, Dr. Fahad bin Abdullah Aldossari, the President of the General Authority for Statistics, affirmed that Saudi Arabia's announcement of FDI for the first time adds a new global standard to improve the quality and transparency of the methodology for calculating FDI statistics. This is achieved by providing globally leading levels of transparency and governance.
He also highlighted the joint efforts with the International Monetary Fund in this project and the integration of roles between the Central Bank and the Ministry of Investment to reach the methodology adopted by GASTAT for calculating the index. He explained that it will enable investors to make investment decisions based on reliable results that support decision-makers and policymakers, and to design investment policies that attract more foreign investments and inform investors about the best investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
It is worth mentioning that the new methodology was adopted after alignment with the International Monetary Fund in the new methodology and the confirmation of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to apply the best practices and international standards according to the International Monetary Fund's Balance of Payments Manual. In addition, the World Bank supported the recommendations presented by the International Monetary Fund in its recent report on Saudi Arabia, which form the basis of the new methodology.
The new methodology will contribute to enhancing governance levels and improving the quality of transparency in the statistical data and information for calculating direct foreign investment indicators as an investment destination in Saudi Arabia.
FDI Index includes about 19 new indicators as part of the new methodology approved by the International Monetary Fund, including the balance and inflows of direct foreign investment by economic activity, investing countries, and regions of Saudi Arabia for the period from 2007 to 2022.



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