The Minister of Commerce and Industry reminded the attendees of the excellent relations between Saudi Arabia and France. The French ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Bertrand BESANCENOT, also drew attention to the strong Saudi-French political and commercial convergence, recalling that the French president’s visits in May of 2105 affirmed the qualitative leap in their bilateral relations. Moreover, on that same day, different contracts were signed between France and Saudi Arabia, amounting to a total of 12 billion dollars..M. Imad AL-ABDULQADER, Marketing Director of SAGIA, then gave an overview of the diversification strategy for the Saudi Arabian economy, which is based on three priority sectors: healthcare, transport, and industrial equipment, all three also being outstanding areas for French companies. Mr. AL-DUBAIKHI, Chairman of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC), the powerful farm investment fund established in 2011, presented ambitious Saudi investment objectives in the Agri-food sector.The chairman of The Care Group, Mr. AL-DUKAIR, emphasized the excellent initiative on the part of the Saudis in the healthcare sector, an area that represents 5% of the country’s GDP. Finally, the Minister of Housing’s presentation clearly expressed the very high demand for housing in Saudi Arabia, and consequently, the need for urban construction.More than ever, Saudi Arabia appears to be a country open to French investors, and this morning created a moment where the companies present came to a better understanding of that fact while being able to ask the speakers questions.