Participation: The pillar of Vision 2030
The main objective is to change traditional mind-sets and replace them with more effective and moderate ones
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, launched by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is an ambitious plan aimed at cultural and behavioural reforms in society. The main objective is to change traditional mind-sets and replace them with more effective and moderate ones.
However, this will be difficult to achieve since traditional mind-sets are deeply rooted, and such change will be vigorously rejected by those who do not believe in it, especially businessmen and the rich. This can be dealt with by institutionalizing the plan and involving the government and civil sectors, civil society and Saudi citizens in its implementation. Saudis are mainly integrated in the process because they are the vision’s beneficiaries.
Institutionalization means monopoly and ego will be excluded. It is also an occasion to involve everyone in assuming responsibilities to realize, with transparency, the goals that have been set. This will be surveyed by civil society, consequently ensuring justice for all, which is key to the vision’s success as there is no place for favoritism.
Saudis are longing to achieve the vision, and are ready to participate in its implementation to move toward a more tolerant, pluralistic societyHassan Al-Mustafa
This was explicitly highlighted by the prince during his interview with journalist Turki al-Dakhil on Al Arabiya. The prince also rejected government subsidies going to the rich instead of the poor.
“Transparency is a key to good governance. It is the condition of social justice and the protection of the poor from the despotism of the rich,” said philosopher Jean-Jack Rousseau. Justice and equal opportunities for all, without discrimination, gives hope to new generations to make change, and involves them in implementing the vision.
Saudis are longing to achieve the vision, and are ready to participate in its implementation to move toward a more tolerant, pluralistic society. Here begins the state’s responsibility to pass laws that help people build their future and overcome pessimism, especially after years of instability.
This article was first published on Al Riyadh on April 29, 2016.
Hassan AlMustafa is Saudi journalist with interest in Middle East and Gulf politics. His writing focuses on social media, Arab youth affairs and Middle Eastern societal matters.