Prince Muhammad is drawing global respect, esteem

May 22, 2018
Hashim Al-Jahdali

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

THOSE who pursue regional and global reactions of decision-makers toward the dynamic initiatives of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, will understand how much international reputation and respect he draws thanks to the unique blending of ideas and planning with total understanding of the reality on the ground.

There is no exaggeration when someone says that “Muhammad Bin Salman is the man who can make the dream a reality if convinced.” Those who monitor the Kingdom’s development in economic, political, social and investment sectors will notice that it has achieved a quantum jump in all these fields. This tremendous progress did not come from vacuum or a transient boom but was the result of a clear and well-thought-out vision.

There is no surprise when we find the Crown Prince topping major global lists of excellence. His selection by the Forbes magazine in its list of the ten most influential leaders in the world is the latest such global appreciation being an inspirational figure for young people in the world. The listing is justified thanks to his great efforts in support of young people as well as his endeavors to promote the Kingdom’s economic, investment and social position through Vision 2030. It was the Crown Prince who designed the vision’s features, engineered its details and set out its executive programs. The Vision 2030 is expected to redesign geopolitics of the Middle East.

It’s not the first time Prince Muhammad is winning such a reputable global position. America’s The Time magazine included the Crown Prince among the most influential figures in the world for the year 2018. The magazine make its choices considering the influence of these world leaders on a large number of people. Prince Muhammad was the magazine’s Man of the Year in 2017 when he pushed behind 33 international figures, including prominent politicians, business leaders and activists.

Before that, and after the launch of Vision 2030, Bloomberg news agency included the Crown Prince on its list of 50 most influential international figures who impact world markets. The agency appreciated Prince Muhammad’s vision to transform the Kingdom by reducing its dependence on oil through diversification of its economy, eight decades after oil discovery. This choice was justified as Prince Muhammad was the engineer behind the vision to catapult Saudi Arabia to the forefront of nations.

British Lloyd weekly magazine also selected Prince Muhammad to top the list of the most influential figures who leave a big impact on world oil market. The American Foreign Policy magazine included the Saudi Crown Prince in its annual list of the top 100 most influential leaders and thinkers in the world.

All these international certificates and regional laurels received by Prince Muhammad, apart from the national pride as a result of his outstanding personality, confirms the success of his massive initiatives to enhance the Kingdom's position on the world map. His integrated vision (Vision 2030) to realize his development ambition sets a good example for all countries that seek a brighter future with accurate mechanisms and reassuring confidence in their capabilities and people.

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