Oman Vision 2040 to boost future growth

MUSCAT: The State Council on Wednesday hosted the main committee of Oman Vision 2040 at a forum to gain an in-depth view. Present at the forum were the Vice-Chairmen of the Council, members and the Secretary-General of the Council.
The Secretary-General of the State Council, Dr Khalid bin Salim al Saidi, delivered a keynote address at the outset, welcoming the heads of the main committee of Oman Vision 2040, including Talal bin Sulaiman al Rahbi, Chairman of the Technical Committee and Chairman of the Organising and Follow-Up Committee; Shaikh Abdullah bin Salim al Salmi, CEO of the Capital Market Authority and Head of the Economy and Development Committee; Dr Said bin Hamad al Rubei, Secretary-General of the Education Council and Head of People and Society Committee, and Salim al Busaidi, Chairman of the Governance and Institutional Performance Committee.
He noted that the meeting confirms the Council’s approach of hosting officials and stakeholders of state institutions to highlight their work and achievements in various fields.
Dr Khalid added that planning is a prerequisite for the development and achievement of goals, and a key factor for success in achieving the objectives and building a prosperous future for nations and peoples. He added that the progress of nations is measured by the extent to which a culture of strategic planning is rooted, and its output is employed to develop the societies in various spheres of economic, social, cultural, scientific and political life.
Talal bin Sulaiman al Rahbi in his speech stressed the key role of the Oman Council in the preparation of Oman Vision 2040, highlighting the importance of taking advantage of the capacity and expertise of the State Council in all fields, which allows for the creation of diverse visions that serve the axes of future vision. He noted that a number of members of the Council participated in the project of future vision in visits to the governorates.
Talal expressed his conviction that the meeting in the State Council would enrich the views on the mechanisms for achieving Oman Vision 2040.
Khalid bin Ali al Sunaidy, Head of Vision 2040 Office, elaborated on the Oman Vision 2040 and said that it is a national project aimed at preparing a vision for the future and looking forward to further development and achievement in an ambitious work-based system that contributes to the formulation of all development plans, to reach the results to the community, define the future objectives of the Sultanate, map the action and implement the mechanisms of reflection until 2040.
Dr Fatima bint Said Al Hajri, Director of Survey at the Ministry of Higher Education, member of the Committee on Human and Society in her presentation dwelt on the axis of man and society, indicating that it contains a number of pillars including the promotion of well-being, the preservation of Omani identity and heritage, and the development of national competencies and capacities.
In the field of learning, education, scientific research and innovation, the strategic direction of the vision of the future focuses on the creation of inclusive education, scientific research and innovation leading to a cognitive economy. The strategic orientation in the area of health focuses on creating a leading health system with global standards. In the area of national capacity-building, the strategic orientation focuses on developing potential and global competitiveness.
Dr Said Bin Hamad Al Rubei responded to questions from the members and responded to their comments on the axis.
Subsequently, a presentation was made on the focus of the economy and development by Ahmed Al Mukhaini Expert and consultant of the General Authority for Market and member of the Economics and Development Committee, the Governance and Institutional Performance Committee and the Organization and follow-up committee of Oman 2040.
He explained that the pillars of the economic and development pillar include: the realization of wealth through a diversified economy, the empowerment of the private sector, the balanced development of the governorates, the preservation of environmental sustainability, the establishment of modern infrastructure and an integrated physical system. He noted that one of the key issues of this axis was leadership and management.
The strategic direction is to create inspiring dynamic leadership with renewed competencies and functioning in an integrated institutional and economic framework.
Pointing out that in the issue of economic diversification and financial sustainability, the strategic thrust is to create a diversified and sustainable innovation-based economy and its integrated and globally competitive policies.
Shaikh Abdullah Bin Salim Al Salmi responded to the deliberations and interventions of the members of the member on the axis.
Dr Mohammed Bin Shangal Al Shahri, member of the Governance and Institutional Performance Committee in his presentation said that the key to improving the effectiveness of governance and institutional performance and the rule of law aimed at improving the efficiency of government agencies, developing coordination among them and enhancing citizen confidence, through the framework An institution that works to operationalize laws and practices that identify relationships and interactions between the relevant stakeholders and helps to create an effective and transparent system of accountability, as well as prioritisation of issues and an optimum and equitable distribution of resources.
With regard to the system of legislation, justice and oversight, the future direction was based on a clear, participatory and effective legislative system, and also create an effective and independent regulatory system that operates in accordance with transparent laws and regulations that reflect the aspirations of society, are credible and able to protect resources. With regard to the system of privatization and partnership, the future orientation focuses on promoting a balanced partnership with an effective organizational role for the government.
Salim al Busaidy responded to questions raised by the members.