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Saudi Woman Allowed to Drive

Saudi Arabia is for the first time ever easing restrictions enough to allow women to drive.

A royal decree has been issued that will allow women in the country to drive, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said Tuesday on its official Twitter account.

A committee has been formed to implement the ruling.

The move to ease restrictions on women has huge implications for the Saudi economy and women’s ability to work. It is just the latest in a series of changes that have been rippling through Saudi Arabia since the rise of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The crown prince is continuing spearheading an ambitious plan to reform and transform the Saudi economy by 2030 and, in line with that goal, increase the number of women in the workforce.

Vision 2030

The vision 2030 plan aims to maintain Saudi Arabia as the dominant power in the Islamic world and diversify the kingdom’s economy.

To do that it is taking such measures as turning their state-run oil company into an industrial conglomerate, and rapidly investing in the development of their manpower.

The Chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs of Saudi Arabia commented in their vision policy booklet:

“We are determined to reinforce and diversify the capabilities of our economy, turning our key strengths into enabling tools for a fully diversified future. As such, we will transform Aramco from an oil producing company into a global industrial conglomerate. We will transform the Public Investment Fund into the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. We will encourage our major corporations to expand across borders and take their rightful place in global markets ”

The nation in many ways is attempting a global market offensive and is likely also taking this decision to improve its foreign image.

In either case, it is wonderful to Saudi woman given some of the rights of men.

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