STRIDES TOWARD TOMORROW

Oman 2016 | DIPLOMACY | INSIDE PERSPECTIVE

Oman is transitioning from a hydrocarbon economy into a knowledge-based society in accordance with the path laid out in the Vision 2020 and the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said
BIOGRAPHY
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman.

The Vision 2020 continues to provide a long-term outline for modernizing the Sultanate in response to the changing global realities of the 21st century. For 45 years, Oman has been a model for establishing an unwavering level of peace and economic prosperity based on integrating the available resources to best serve the interests of everyone. Entering this new era, the traditional economic systems in place will require creative planning and committed effort to be adapted to the new conditions of a global society. Oman is continuing in its pursuit of sustainable development through a stable economic framework, diversification, and the enhancement of human development, while increasing the strength and competitiveness of the private sector.

One of the most pressing challenges of this age, particularly for Oman and its neighbors in the Gulf region, is the question of energy security. The efforts to develop the state, its institutions, and its people will all be hindered without a dependable energy infrastructure that is both economically viable and environmentally sustainable. Progress and development throughout the energy sector has allowed Oman to move closer toward the world-class energy supply upon which the continued growth of the Sultanate depends.

The determination to transition Oman toward a more diversified economy extends beyond the issue of establishing a sustainable energy supply. Oman's success in utilizing innovative renewable energy technologies to overcome the challenges of a hydrocarbon economy can be reproduced elsewhere in realizing the vision for the future of the Sultanate. Where prosperity was once dependent upon oil, the government is paving the way for generations of successful Omanis by enhancing the role of other sectors of the economy. The Sultanate is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage that drives the growth of the nation. The rest of the world is recognizing the richness of Oman, and continually increasing numbers of foreign visitors are an affirmation of its commitment to reorganize the basic economic framework.

The vehicle of driving any economy is its infrastructure. The projects that have been developed will continue to further improve the internal infrastructure of the Sultanate while strengthening the role that Oman can play within network of global economies. Oman is working together with the most well equipped private companies from around the world to carry out its initiatives for vast development projects. The ambitious growth of Duqm into what will become one of the world's most important centers for trading and logistics is an illustration of the potential to come together with the private sector to enhance Oman's economy.

Along with developing the Sultanate's infrastructure and its transformation into a knowledge-based society, highest among the official priorities is the enhancement of human development. It is the youth of the nation who will be responsible for realizing its illustrious plans. Creating an education system responsive to the needs of the 21st century is imperative to optimizing the capabilities of Oman's young people. Modernizing the educational curriculum to promote the important STEM fields will ensure a continued capacity to meet the challenges of tomorrow.