Sakani inks MoU to include local materials in housing, infra projects
The deal supports the growth of the construction industry and its supply chains, by relying on local expertise and elements
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Housing, HE Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Local Content and Government Procurement Authority, HE Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, have signed a cooperation agreement for the inclusion of local material requirements in housing and infrastructure development projects, and the use of local materials in the real estate development sector.
As part of the agreement, the requirements of local materials will be included in the booklets of housing projects, developmental housing projects, infrastructure projects, and other projects supervised by the Ministry of Housing.
The requirements for local material will also be included in the various stages that the real estate developer goes through, starting from the qualification stage, to the licensing stage, and all the way to implementation.
The imbibing of local material in construction will now become a prerequisite for qualifying real estate developers, and will even gradually lead to the attainment of local material certificates.
This agreement represents a direct support for the development of the construction industry and its associated supply chains, by relying on local expertise and elements.
The authority’s role in the agreement is to standardise the local material methodology and measurement mechanism in the Ministry; to develop a programme for developing local material within a comprehensive strategy; and a framework for boosting manufacturers and suppliers, and to define the baseline and targets for local material in the Ministry of Housing’s projects.
HE Al-Hogail said that the agreement would enhance the quality of residential projects and raise the efficiency of real estate developers through contract governance, while enhancing local material within projects, based on the strategic objectives of the housing programme.
Al-Hogail added that this agreement will have an impact on increasing real estate products, and strengthening partnership with the private sector.
HE Bandar Al-Khorayef pointed out that the authority had announced the launch of the first mandatory lists of national products in the construction and building sector, with a total of 114 products, which would support the development of the construction industry and raise its size and production capacities.