A Prince … And A Vision

He’s Second Deputy Prime Minister, the youngest Minister of Defense in the world, Chief of the House Royal Court, and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs.  If you don’t know who this is — you should!

He is 30-year old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — also referred to as the “Face of the Future.”

Undoubtedly, he earned that reputation after having devised and presented to the Council of Ministers on April 26, 2016, a plan for Saudi Arabia’s future — adeptly called “Vision 2030.”

It is a somewhat lengthy plan which you can read in its entirety at the link provided below, but in reading through it, several things resonated with me.  The clarity and focus of the plan is indisputable.  The perspective of which he sees Saudi Arabia’s future as a global citizen is well-balanced and meaningful, inclusive of all its citizens.  It is a bold plan to reshape Saudi Arabia’s economic focus away from oil exports to a larger, broader and more encompassing vision — that which includes tourism, sporting events, entertainment, education through arts, museums and libraries, just to name a few.  In his words, “A vibrant society with fulfilling lives.”

Here are a few proposals from Vision 2030 that particularly stood out to me — and perhaps they will for you, too:

Among our commitments:

A flourishing retail sector

A developed digital infrastructure

Increasing direct investment from 3.8% to international level of 5.7% of GDP

Raise share of non-oil exports from 16% to 50%

Embrace transparency and, to that end, zero tolerance for all levels of corruption

Publish plans and performance indicators for public monitoring

Engage everyone so that “the government can serve them better and meet their aspirations …”

Efficient spending and balanced finances

Be sure that Saudi services “are performing well in accordance with global best practices”

Establishment of HR centers of excellence in every government agency

“Working with our economic partners around the world to build new strategic partnerships for the 21st century”

Given that more than one-half of Saudi Arabia’s population is under 25, I believe he has a wide and malleable audience.  His leadership skills were evident with the following assertions:

[Be] an ambitious nation — responsibly enabled

Be responsible for our lives

Be responsible to society

Remember our lifelong obligations to our families

Become independent and active members of society

We are each personally responsible for our own futures

And perhaps the most provocative statement of all:

“We all have the means to achieve our dreams and ambitions. There are no excuses for us to stand still or move backwards. Our vision is a strong, thriving, and stable Saudi Arabia that provides opportunity for all.”

A Deputy Crown Prince today — but a King tomorrow.

As-Salaam-Alaikum …… Peace Be Unto You




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Laura Brooks

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