Future Foresight Forum focuses on Oman 2040 vision

December 06, 2017

The Future Foresight Forum (FFF) began at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday under the patronage of H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture and Chairman of the Main Committee of Future Vision (Oman 2040).

The two-day forum is seeing participation of more than 300 delegates from the public and private sectors. Addressing the gathering, Sayyid Haitham said, “In continuation of Oman’s approach to long-term planning and the Renaissance march, we are meeting as partners in realising Oman’s 2040 vision come true as part of the Royal Decree issued in December 2013. We aim to form a broad consensus to ensure participation of all segments of the society in the development march in the next two decades.”

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He added, “In implementation of these directives, the preparatory stage for the development of the future vision was launched. The task forces and the technical committees were formed. They analysed the long-term sectoral strategies, aligned their objectives with the goals of the vision and set the national priorities. In addition, the relevant committees have prepared a strategy for communication and community participation in preparing a vision for all citizens and residents.”

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia, spoke about the importance of strategies and scenarios for future transformations from an international perspective. He said, “We need a digital signature associated with an electronic identity to have a society that communicates better with its government.”

The forum is hosting international experts who are addressing future global, regional and local trends in topics including ‘Geopolitics, International Relations, Economic Transformation Forces’, ‘ICT and Disruptive Technologies’, ‘ICT and Human Capital’, ‘The Future of Oil and Renewable Transformations’, ‘Oil Transformation: Energy and Petrochemicals’, ‘Scarcity of Resources and the Environment’, ‘Demographic and Social Changes’, ‘The Future of Cities’, ‘Governance: The Future of Governments and the Private Sector’ and ‘Civil Society’.

The forum aims at spreading awareness about the importance of the future industry and finding creative solutions on the challenges that Oman may face to ensure prosperity, economic growth and social welfare by 2040. The inauguration was attended by ministers, undersecretaries, public and private officials and international experts.