Saudi Arabia in talks to acquire shares in copper mines of Pakisan

04:50 PM | 11 Aug, 2023
Saudi Arabia in talks to acquire shares in copper mines of Pakisan
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Saudi Arabia is in discussions to acquire a share in the massive $7 billion copper mine that Canadian company Barrick Gold is building in Pakistan's west.

Mohammed AlQahtani, CEO at Saudi Arabia Holding Company in a Linkedin post said, ''As part of the economic cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is engaged in discussions to acquire a stake in a giant copper mine in Pakistan for $7 billion.'

The construction of the Diamir-Bhasha dam and mining operations in the "Reko Diq" project in the Chagai district of Balochistan province are two projects that Pakistan's Special Investment Facilitation Board recently agreed to offer investments in principle to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

The list of approved projects, which will be presented to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain, exceeds the total amount of investments needed for them to reach $ 28 billion.

One of these projects is an oil refinery that will be presented to Saudi energy giant "Aramco."

These developments come as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its sources of income and bolster its economy. Pakistan stands as a key market for Saudi Arabia, which exports oil and gas to the country. Additionally, Saudi Arabia invests in infrastructure projects in Pakistan, such as road and rail construction.

Earlier on Tuesday, Barrick CEO Mark Bristow in an interview with Reuters said the company is open to partnering with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund on the Reko Diq gold and copper project in Pakistan.

Bristow stated that although Barrick won't be decreasing its stake in the project, it "will not mind" if the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia wishes to purchase the Pakistani government's stake.

The governments of Pakistan and the Balochistan province jointly own the remaining 50% of the Reko Diq mine, with Barrick Gold holding a 50% share. The mine is one of the greatest untapped copper-gold regions, according to Barrick.

In 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia unveiled plans to build a $14 billion petroleum refinery in Pakistan. The refinery is set to commence production in 2025, generating approximately 250,000 barrels of #oil per day, helping to meet Pakistan's growing demand for oil.

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Rupee loses ground against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies; Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee continue to witness further losses against US dollar in the open market on despite positive economic indicators and massive surge in Stock Market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Tuesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.1 for selling and 288.15 for buying purposes for customers.

Euro price moves down by Rs2 to 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling after increase.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 November 2022

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.1 288.15
Euro EUR 312 315
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.75
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.25 77
Australian Dollar AUD 186 187.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759 767
Canadian Dollar CAD 208 210
China Yuan CNY 39.93 40.33
Danish Krone DKK 41.88 42.28
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.24 36.59
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.55 1.63
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.38 925.38
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 210 212
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 323.37 325.87
Thai Bhat THB 8 8.04

Gold price in Pakistan moves up amid positive global cues; Check today gold price here

KARACHI – Gold continues to move upward in local market amid surge in international rates.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 28 November 2023

On Tuesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,600, and the price for 10-gram gold saw increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,557.

Globally, yellow metal went up by $12 to settle at $2,015 per ounce.

Last week, per tola gold price increased by Rs800 per tola, and it hovers around two month high.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Karachi PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Islamabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Peshawar PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Quetta PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Sialkot PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Attock PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Gujranwala PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Jehlum PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Multan PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Bahawalpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Gujrat PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Nawabshah PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Chakwal PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Hyderabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Nowshehra PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Sargodha PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Faisalabad PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600
Mirpur PKR 217,600 PKR 2,600


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