UNDP and the Council of Saudi Chambers discuss the role of the private sector in the post 2015 development agenda

Dec 23, 2014

UNDP and the Council of Saudi Chambers discuss the post 2015 development agenda (Photo by: Shatha Al-Morshid)

The United Nations Development Programme Country Office in Saudi Arabia in partnership with Council of Saudi Chambers and the support of the UNCT hosted on 23 December 2014 a roundtable deliberative discussions titled "The role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" with the participation of academics, consultants and businessmen and women.

This cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme and the Council of Saudi Chambers comes within the framework of promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensure ownership of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Consultation Meeting examined the role of the private sector as stated in the open and inclusive consultations in the United Nations General Assembly on the sustainable development goals.

The overall development landscape in Saudi Arabia, the priorities and challenges of which are stated in the present Ninth National Development Plan and the succeeding Tenth NDP, was taken into considerations in identifying the strengths, challenges and opportunities of the private sector in discharging its role, and thereby meeting the national expectation of an elevated contribution to the post-2015 development agenda.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Zamil, president of the Council of Saudi Chambers, noted the importance of the private sector contribution to the formulation of the post 2015 development agenda while stressing the fact that the five-year development plans included targets for economic and social development, which hopes to achieve a balanced and comprehensive development in all regions of the Kingdom. As well as strengthening the welfare and prosperity of citizens and raise their living standards.

“The reliance on the private sector became evident in many economic activities including education, health and social services, where the contribution rate increased by more than 59% in 2013, which means that the private sector is of high efficiency and ability to lead the development process in the Kingdom,” Al-Zamil Said.

He called on the Council of Saudi Chambers to develop strategies to achieve the desired development goals at the same time he emphasized the importance of the public and private sectors partnership in all economic and social fields.

Firas Gharaibeh, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. said that the private sector is keen to strengthen the global partnership for sustainable development through integrating into the global economy, which is an essential element in any development agendas in the future. “The Council of Saudi Chambers understands its role in the country's development, as it took the initiative to partner with the United Nations Development Programme to hold this workshop, which aims to shed light on the issues that will impact positively on development,” he said.

The workshop also discussed the impact of corruption on economic and social development, the role of small and medium enterprises and its role in creating employment opportunities for Saudis.

The Secretary-General has requested that the UN system build on the outcomes of consultations already conducted, keeping channels of debate and engagement open as the intergovernmental process moves into its next phase, and that the private sector be strongly engaged.

The Secretary-General has requested that the UN system build on the outcomes of consultations already conducted, keeping channels of debate and engagement open as the intergovernmental process moves into its next phase, and that the private sector be strongly engaged.