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Saudi Aramco private investment plan voluntary, not state imposed, says CEO

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco said on Wednesday the government had no plans to impose private partnerships on the oil giant, after it launched a programme to support private investment in the kingdom as part of Saudi Arabia’s diversification push.

“This is a voluntary programme. It’s on the private sector to bring these projects, to ask for incentives,” Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser told Reuters in an interview about the newly launched Shareek (Partner) programme.

He promised Aramco’s shareholders, who include a small minority of private investors since the company was listed, that the firm would set prudent capital allocation and cost criteria. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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