Qatar makes the best out of a bad situation

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The Saudi led blockade on Qatar which began on June 5 2017 has all but failed. Instead Qatari Govt. is using it as an opportunity to introduce reforms and make the country stand out in the region. The ongoing crisis has only accelerated the escape of Qatar from the coercive influence of Saudi. Given the rise of the crown Prince and the manner in which he has decided to consolidate power for himself in the country, Qatar’s escape from Saudi influence is a welcome development. 

 

On November 14th Qatari Emir HH Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani announced that the country will be holding its first elections of the Shura Council in 2019, this suggests a rapid opening and reformation of governance mechanisms in Qatar. 

Furthermore, ever since the imposition of the blockade Qatar has introduced reforms on several fronts, which has enhanced its standing in the eyes of the international community. Qatar has never been so determined to pursue an independent foreign policy as it is now. Speaking to the American media outlet CBS in an interview recently the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim made it categorically clear that Qatar will not compromise its sovereignty and its dignity. 

Qatar recently announced a landmark reform which would allow expats to apply for permanent residency in Qatar. Qatar thus became the first country in the region to introduce such reform, thus sending a very positive message out that Qatar is open to people who are skilled and capable of contributing to the development of Qatar as country. As the reforms, people who are granted the PR will be given certain rights enjoyed by Qataris and will be considered for jobs in the military and civilian sectors after the locals. 

Qatar also introduced sweeping labour reforms to finally put an end to the hated Kafala system, which was dubbed as ‘modern day slavery’ by its critics. The reforms announced will put in new protections in place to safeguard the rights of the workers, which includes establishing a minimum wage to eradicate the discrimination based on race or gender. 

It appears that Qatar is making the best out of a bad situation and so far Qatari state has proved that it is resilient and prudent. This could very well prove to be the spark of evolution that would make Qatar even more open as a society and herald its way towards progress. 

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