>So, I finally got hold of the October issue of Jordan Business and my funny bone was really, really ticked. The World Bank (which is apparently a bunch of old white guys) has ranked Saudi Arabia as the best place to do business in the entire Middle East North Africa Region. Does anyone besides me see the irony in this?
The article says that “the statistics reflect the country’s major reform efforts over the last 5 years”. The reforms that I somehow missed which make this article so ironic are those that allow:
- Women to enter the country (without their husbands or fathers that is)
- Women to drive
- Women to have meetings with men
- Women to move freely through the country unassailed
But, perhaps those reforms are unnecessary to do business. After all, as a business woman in the Middle East, surely none of those would trouble me when doing business, right? So, maybe what they mean is that Saudi is the Best Place for MEN to do Business in the region?