Saudi Arabia became a Participant in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 21 May 2018, and the first among the OECD’s G20 Partners. As a major provider of concessional finance for development co-operation and one of the largest humanitarian aid providers, Saudi Arabia has much to contribute to the DAC’s discussions and work on key development and humanitarian issues.
Saudi Arabia’s long-standing experience on development and humanitarian issues will strengthen the DAC’s capacity to inform the international development debate, making the Committee more inclusive, more relevant and more impactful. The DAC, as the leading international forum for providers of development co-operation and humanitarian aid, is an important platform for countries to learn from each other. As a Participant, Saudi Arabia will have greater opportunities to learn from other countries’ experience in managing a development co-operation and humanitarian programme, and to share its own experiences with the Committee.
When accepting the OECD’s invitation to become a Participant of the DAC, Saudi Arabia’s Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, expressed his country’s “willingness to strengthen the ties between the DAC and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on triangular co-operation”. The DAC Chair, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, welcomed the news and stressed that the initiative by Saudi Arabia to take part in the DAC “will enable the Committee to work more closely with one of the major providers of development co-operation”. The DCD Director, Jorge Moreira da Silva, noted that “Saudi Arabia’s recent move to join other DAC Participants Kuwait, Qatar, Romania and the United Arab Emirates exemplifies the new chapter of development co-operation, characterised by inclusiveness with all actors in sustainable development in the 2030 era.”
Saudi Arabia is the fifth Participant in the DAC and, as such, can take part in all non-confidential meetings of the Committee, including its High-Level and Senior-Level Meetings, and the meetings of the DAC subsidiary bodies. However, Saudi Arabia will not take part in formal decision-making processes and cannot serve as Chair or Vice-Chair of the DAC or its sub-committees.