An overview of Oman's current position reveals that Omanis and society in general are constantly evolving, driven in all directions by a strong Omani identity that is open to and accepting of other identities and cultures.
A precursor to a reliable infrastructure, a modern legislative framework and well-defined relationships between economic actors, the economic achievements to date are the product of Omanis' hard work, interaction and awareness of local, regional and global dynamics. Today, the levels of maturity and sophistication achieved by Oman pave the way for a new beginning where challenges, societal needs and ambitions are addressed with more confidence.
In recent decades, the Sultanate of Oman used oil revenues to lay the foundations for today, promote human development and develop many economic, social and cultural sectors. Oman has thus achieved leadership positions in many critical areas and is on its way to further development in the future.
Oman Vision 2040 is the national reference for economic and social planning for the period 2021-2040, and the source of national sectoral strategies and five-year development plans. It was launched under the leadership of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, and the current Sultan Haitham bin Tariq took it forward. After being developed with broad community participation, Oman Vision 2040 was approved by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in 2020, then implemented in early January 2021 and will remain in force until 2040.
With respect to the royal directives presented by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, the offices will follow up on the implementation of Oman Vision 2040 in all Omani government agencies.
The main Omani news agency, ONA (Oman News Agency), said in a statement: "The Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-up Unit, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, is working to implement the lofty directives to establish offices to follow up on the implementation of Oman Vision 2040 in all government agencies to follow up and enable these entities to play their inclusive role in achieving the vision's goals".
In order to enhance the role of different sectors of Omani society in building the future of our country, Oman Vision 2040 has developed a participatory approach in which people from different parts of Oman shared their views and inputs at different stages of the Vision's development. It targeted government and private sectors, civil society institutions, municipal councils, academic institutions and other sectors such as women, youth, media professionals, people with special needs, university and school students, as well as a group of expatriates.
Dr. Khamis bin Saif al-Jabri, chairman of Oman's Vision 2040 Implementation Monitoring Unit, said the establishment and activation of vision offices in government institutions will help ensure accurate monitoring of operational plans needed to achieve performance. vision indicators, manage monitoring mechanisms, and diagnose and address challenges.
However, the world is facing rapid and successive changes. The political and economic challenges of the post-oil era pose further obstacles in the way of Oman's development. Disruptive technological and scientific advances, globalisation and cyberspace have turned the world into a global village, thus creating new challenges in society, especially among youth and families, in addition to other challenges that plague natural resources, such as climate change and demographic projections of population growth in Oman.
The demographic opportunity will support social stability and economic growth in the Sultanate. However, the Vision must develop preventive policies to avoid encroachment on the Sultanate's social and value systems. The Vision should also increase economic, social and cultural returns while reducing overdependence on the government, especially among the youth. The latter should begin to empower themselves scientifically and economically through entrepreneurship and innovation.