Embassy of India



Visit of Vibrant Gujarat Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (6-10 October, 2018)


In an effort to promote ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019’ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a 9-member business delegation led by Mr. Natwarlal Patel, Chairman Meghmani Organics visited Riyadh from 6-10 October, 2018. During the visit, the delegation had an audience with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade Mr. Abdulrahman Al Harbi, Deputy Governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Mr. Sultan M Mofti, Executive Vice-President of Saudi Centre for International Strategic Partnership (SCISP) Mr. Yasser Al Duhaim and had interactive sessions with SABIC, Al -Fanar briefing them, the economic statistics of the ‘State of Gujarat’ and its competitive advantage in terms of infrastructure, skilled manpower, geographical location and proximity to the Kingdom. In addition, the visiting Gujarat delegation also had Roadshows, B2B meetings at the Council of Saudi Chambers and Riyadh Chamber. Mr. Natwarlal Patel, was accompanied by Government officials, industry leaders and FICCI from the State of Gujarat, who interacted and networked with their Saudi counterparts.


2. The visit and interaction with the Saudi businessmen showcased the socio-economic growth, business-friendly environment, and opportunities of collaboration that Gujarat presents to Saudi businesses. Gujarat is an attractive investment destination with opportunities in several sectors such as infrastructure development, manufacturing of engineering goods, petrochemicals & chemicals and agriculture & food processing. They also highlighted the significance of the biennial event ‘ Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit’ and how it remains a viable platform to reach out to the Indian and the International business community and familiarize with the business potential and opportunities available in India in general and in the State of Gujarat in particular. The delegation invited the dignitaries, Government officials and the Saudi businessmen to mount a strong delegation to the ‘Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019’.


3. About Vibrant Gujarat 2019: Over the past decade-and-a-half, the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit has emerged as one of the biggest business events in the country, attracting heads of state, along with the who's who of trade & industry from India and across the world. The 9th edition for the global business summit is scheduled to be held over three days from January 18th to 20th of 2019. Having grown from the regional investment fair that characterized the first Summit in 2003, the Global Summit has today become a unique platform for ideation, knowledge sharing, networking, helping investors explore business opportunities, sign cooperation agreements and partnerships, while setting the policy agenda to meet the current national challenges.


4. Embassy of India,Riyadh coordinated the visit of the delegation and scheduled meetings with the Saudi Ministry, Business Chambers and the Saudi businessmen.