Saudi Arabia has issued a ban on government departments and agencies using foreign consultancy firms.
Saudi Gazette reports that a royal order has been issued, stating that foreign consultancy firms can only be engaged when there is no local alternative.
Following recommendations by the Saudi Experts’ Committee, the decree was passed by the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
The report said previous discussions by the Shoura Council had taken place with regard to government agencies and foreign companies, with a recommendation to provide more consultancy work for Saudi firms.
At that time, the value of contracts awarded to foreign firms was estimated to be around $3.2billion, according to a report by the General Auditing Bureau.
MEP Middle East approached a number of consultancies operating across the GCC for comment but all declined to make a statement.