Fakieh is seen by the leadership as a doer.
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A former food executive and mayor of Jeddah with a reputation for pushing through politically sensitive reforms has become the ruling family's point man for a wide-ranging revamp of Saudi Arabia's economy to cope with an era of low oil prices. Economy and Planning Minister Adel Fakieh faced down strong opposition from the business community as labor minister in 2010-15 when he established quotas on the number of foreign workers companies could hire to boost local employment, the kingdom's biggest economic reforms in years. A super committee on the economy led by Prince Mohammad is working with Fakieh's Economy and Planning Ministry to develop a national transformation plan that may face opposition from business and bureaucracy when it is released, probably in May.The Economy and Planning Ministry, once regarded as the junior partner in government policymaking, works under Fakieh like a secretariat to the council, taking its ideas and fleshing them out into complex proposals.So central has Fakieh become since King Salman, Prince Mohammad's father, took power in January 2015 that his department drew up significant parts of this year's budget, a responsibility that has always belonged to the Finance Ministry. Fakieh was born in 1959, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, owned by the Al-Saud, reported when he was made labor minister in 2010 .
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