A Saudi delegation met national leaders to further economic and political ties as Djibouti joins the DCO.
A Saudi delegation led by Royal Court adviser Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Kattan has visited a number of East and Southwest African states in an effort to boost economic and political ties while seeking support for the Kingdom’s hosting of Expo 2030 in Riyadh.
Saudi delegation aims to enhance economic ties
While visiting the DRC, Kattan spoke to President Denis Sassou Nguesso about how the two countries might work toward enhancing economic ties and supporting development within the DRC. The two men discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and how these might be strengthened.
During the meeting Nguesso spoke about his belief that the Kingdom would be excellent hosts of the 2030 Expo.
Kattan also visited Namibian President Hage Geingob, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, and Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye. The meetings discussed economic ties between the three countries. Kagame said that he was hopeful of being able to develop and broaden relations between the two countries, while Kattan restated Saudi Arabia’s desire to strengthen bilateral relations and increase the partnership Saudi Arabia and Rwanda.
Djibouti joins Digital Cooperation Organization
On Friday, the Saudi Press Agency announced that Djibouti has officially joined the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), an initiative that brings together nations, businesses, civil society groups, academics, and R&D bodies to improve prosperity and development through the growth of the digital economy.
Djibouti Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dya-Eddine Said Bamakhrama said, “The DCO is interested in digitization in the field of administration and the economy, and works with governments, civil society, international organizations and the private sector in promoting comprehensive digital transformation within member states by adopting initiatives focused on the digital economy and supporting women, youth and entrepreneurs in this field.”
Founded by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Pakistan, the DCO aims to empower women, youth and entrepreneurs, expanding the digital economy and advancing innovation. Djibouti is the 10th member country and the fourth in Africa to join the organization, joining Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Pakistan, Rwanda, Oman, Kuwait, Morocco and Nigeria.
The DCO was launched at the G20 Summit in November 2020, during the summit, much of the focus was placed on the digital economy, especially in education and health in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.