Citi opens new office in KSA, commits to Saudi youth employment
In 2017, the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority (CMA) granted Citi a license to provide a range of Investment Banking, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Markets, and Securities Research capabilities to its local and international institutional clients. Citigroup Saudi Arabia recently held its inaugural board meeting in Riyadh, setting the stage for the global bank to deploy its suite of corporate products on the ground to help support Saudi Arabias economic transformation.
“We are delighted to establish an office in the Kingdom and be open for business on the ground. The expansion to Saudi is in line with our strategy to be present in the regions biggest economy and contribute to its transformation” said Michael L. Corbat, Chief Executive Officer. He added that Citi continues to support the Kingdoms national agenda for a diverse and sustainable economy and the bank aims to play a key role towards realising this vision.
Carmen Haddad, Citi Country Officer-Saudi Arabia and Vice Chairperson-Citigroup Saudi Arabia said that the Kingdom is a strategically important market for Citi and the bank looks forward to playing an active role in the Saudi banking sector with the aim of supporting the Kingdoms Vision 2030.
At the opening ceremony, the Citi Foundation also announced the renewal of their fifth year of partnership with Education For Employment (EFE), the leading youth employment organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), through a grant worth $300,000.
The EFE-Citi Foundation partnership is part of the Citi Foundations Pathways to Progress initiative designed to equip urban youth with career readiness tools and opportunities to thrive in todays economy. This year, 40 youth from Saudi Arabia will benefit from the EFE program along with youth in the UAE, Morocco and Tunisia.
“EFEs 67,000 alumni demonstrate a simple truth: when youth have access to opportunity, they can thrive in life and build brighter futures for their families through five years of partnership, the Citi Foundations visionary support for EFE has directly enabled hundreds of MENA youth to enter the world of work, and has helped us build the organisational foundation needed to scale this impact in the long-term,” said Andrew Baird, President and CEO, EFE-Global.