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Company Response

16 Mar 2015

The Global Office of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi

Saudi Star response

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has asked us to comment on a misleading CorpWatch article of December 30th, 2014, which confuses a specific agricultural investment by Saudi Star in Gambella with a quite separate political debate about general land use and rights within Ethiopia. A number of claims are being made about agribusiness development in Gambella Province, Ethiopia, which are matters of public policy by the Government of Ethiopia. They should properly be addressed to that Government and not to Sheikh Al Amoudi or Saudi Star. These claims generally use innuendo to mislead the public about the activities of Saudi Star. The claims largely emanate from advocacy groups with a political agenda, some of whom actively seek ‘regime change’. Saudi Star is not a political actor but it is a business concerned with increasing agricultural production through significant financial investment designed to increase overall food security for large numbers of people who might otherwise face food shortages. In Ethiopia, Sheikh Al Amoudi is investing significant sums to create jobs, to train people and ultimately to provide food for people in Ethiopia...