The "dynamic" prince challenges the obstacles to reform

From London, Noha Alamry


    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to build a modern Saudi Arabia, armed with the strong support of Saudi youth and the determination to be the most prominent figures at the regional and global levels this year.


The Financial Times reported that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has proved to be the most dynamic leader in the Middle East this year through a number of bold and historic reforms in Saudi Arabia.


     According to the report, the most daring decisions were Prince Mohammed bin Salman's pledge to fight extremism, terrorism and the restoration of moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia, opening a new front aimed at curbing conservative religious circles in the kingdom and revising religious education in the kingdom.   


     It adds that Modern education is a prerequisite for an innovative economy driven by foreign investment and the private sector, which the Crown Prince seeks to achieve through his 2030 Saudi vision. 


     As with any attempt to change, a number of obstacles may face the implementation of the ambitious vision goals. And one of the most important goals is ending the Saudi dependence on oil.


The Saudi youth’s bet on the young Saudi Prince who represents them and the Crown Prince's bet on the young Saudi capabilities, are considered strong weapons promising great results, although the format and the pace of reform is slow at some stages.


One of the challenges facing the Crown Prince's vision is corruption and bureaucracy at the internal level, Iran's destabilizing activities in the region and the infiltration of Iranian influence in a number of Arab countries at the external level. This is what Prince Muhammad Bin Salman seeks to fight through an alliance with the United States, as regarding the seriousness of Iran's policies in the region the Crown Prince and the Trump administration hold similar positions 


The report notes that the Crown Prince's initiatives derive significant support and legitimacy from the Saudi youth, and that plans to attract investments, by securing Aramco's planned initial public offering, and building a new $ 500 billion regional free zone on the Red Sea will depend on confidence in the rule of law.


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