Saudis lay out PPP-driven water sector overhaul

The running of almost every part of one of the world’s largest water markets is being reconsidered, as the Kingdom attempts to marry its twin ambitions of massive investment and sectoral sustainability. A number of key questions have yet to be answered.

Saudi Arabia’s water ministry has outlined a radical restructuring of the country’s water sector that foresees a reinvention of the massive state bodies that have dominated one of the world’s largest water markets, and a strengthening of national regulators and water purchasers – all aimed at tempting in international investors.

Faced with an estimated SAR200 billion...

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