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Saudi Arabia

Official Title:
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Saudi Arabia
Year Exports Imports
2012 $1,385,170,414 $2,849,084,098
2013 $915,984,873 $2,701,211,544
2014 $1,245,187,613 $2,610,917,955
2015 $1,191,908,856 $1,995,112,899
2016 $1,239,214,392 $1,718,083,570
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Saudi Arabia
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $34,935,093 $780,651
02 Veg. Prod. $37,962,473 $2,021,104
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $336,562 $73,675
04 Food Prod. $26,971,250 $536,149
05 Mineral Prod. $44,112,920 $1,674,695,160
06 Chemical Prod. $59,639,245 $11,528,044
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $35,642,683 $14,168,689
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $172,816 $1,521
09 Wood Prod. $18,460,592 $720
10 Paper Prod. $15,338,565 $233,205
11 Textiles Prod. $3,495,732 $2,909,493
12 Dress Access. $247,576 $10,377
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $1,777,368 $409,594
14 Precious Metals/stones $277,492 $30,621
15 Base Metal Prod. $15,788,349 $9,429,004
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $230,033,798 $639,958
17 Vehicles and Equip. $630,694,092 $380,035
18 Specialized Inst. $29,616,711 $140,528
19 Arms & Ammunition $15,384,380 $20
20 Misc. Articles $15,664,007 $66,165
21 Antiques $14,547 $23,622

Capital: Riyadh (Ar-Riyad)
Population (million): 31.74
Total Area: 2,149,690km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 2.83018 Riyal (SAR) (2016 - Annual average)
National Holiday: 23 September, National Day
Language(s): Arabic, English


Political Information

Type of State:
Absolute monarchy

Type of Government:
Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the King.

Head of State:
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Ministers:
Crown Prince: Muhammad bin Nayef bin Saud
Foreign Affairs: Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
Finances: Mohammed Al-Jadaan
Commerce and Investment: Majed Al-Qasabi

Main Political Parties:
Political parties are not permitted

Elections:
No federal elections. Municipal held in 2005, 2011, and 2015


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Saudi Arabia Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 847.65 2,026.59
GDP per capita: ($) 26,703.76 55,938.56
GDP growth rate: (%) 1.4 1.43
Inflation: (%) 3.51 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 5.73 7

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $1,239,214,392
Canadian imports from country: $1,718,083,570
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Saudi Arabia: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Naif AlSudairy

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Dennis Horak


May 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27