The new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, has consolidated his conservative power base by appointing his son, Mohammad bin Salman as the crown prince and first deputy prime minister. High-profile developments include bin Salman´s anti-corruption drive and women being granted the right to drive.

Bin Salman´s ambitious development plan, Saudi Vision 2030, aims to diversify the economy by initiating a shift away from public to private sector-led economic growth. The government has already tied up loose ends such as providing more licenses to private investors in the utilities sector and strengthening the government’s campaign to “Saudize” private employment.

There is a clear commitment to reforming some of the rigidities of the patriarchal Saudi society.

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