Saudi Arabia has announced a reshuffling in its former most important ministry – the Energy, Mineral Resources and Industry Ministry – as the kingdom prepares for a transformational future, Kallanish Energy reports.
The shake up comes ahead of the initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco – the world’s largest crude oil exporter – and at a time of lower-than-budgeted oil prices.
A new standalone industry and mineral resources ministry has been created and will be led by businessman Bandar Al-Khorayef – who will be in charge of the country’s oil sector. Under the royal decrees announced Friday, Khalid Al-Falih, former oil minister, will remain energy minister.
Although now having reduced influence in the oil sector, Al-Falih is still expected to continue his role as chairman of Saudi Aramco and leader of the Saudi delegation in Opec. But the mammoth task of transforming the oil-reliant Saudi economy into a more industrialized one, will be now in the hands of Al-Khorayef.
Al-Falih inherited the mining and industry ministry when he was appointed energy minister in 2016, and in January disclosed an ambitious $427 billion plan to develop the kingdom’s industrial sector. However, slow progress on the implementation of the industrial development plan is reportedly the reason for the reshuffling.
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