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Objectives behind Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

The Vision 2030 continues to occupy the headlines and leads the talk in many group discussions among the general public.

As a matter of fact, I always have questions related to this subject, but the question that impressed me was that of a young university student, who asked me: “Why specifically 2030?” This is an intelligent question on a different tangent. Indeed, there is a reason and importance of pointing out the choice of this particular date.

Many experts believe that studying the phenomena and social and economic variables, the year 2030 is a tipping point for different considerations in which a lot of transformations will happen along with the start of the results of some systems and inventions for practical application.

Let us review some of the expected glimpses of what is expected and here the subject has nothing to do with sorcery but with deep readings of future transformation surveys.

It is very easy to praise the glories of yesterday, but the building of the future can only be appreciated by the serious

Hussein Shobokshi

The most important of these points is that Germany (gradually followed by Europe) will completely prevent the sale of cars consuming conventional oil; India will be the largest country in terms of population, and the world will medically be able to re-construct neurosurgery to enable paralyzed patients to use their limbs.

Other changes visualized are, the blood produced from stem cells would be distributed to hospitals and blood banks, the cost of solar panels per watt would be equivalent to half a dollar, the number of electric vehicles sold worldwide would be more than 13 million.

There would be a full-fledged medical treatment for diabetes, in the major cities around the world there would be an essential part of the transportation solutions that would be manufactured by many companies, the conventional car manufacturers of today, and that would include flying in the skies of these cities.

Scientific advancements

Scientists will be able to develop an anti-influenza vaccine that can resist all kinds of viruses, the world population will exceed 8.5 billion people and their main focus will be in the Third World countries with a sharp decline in the census in European countries and Japan.

The 3D printers will produce human organs and tissues that can be cultured in the human body instantly and operate efficiently. Human will be ready to land on Mars in 10 years. These are mere models and specimens of what one would expect and plan for a significant and diverse series of different and influential sectors in 2030.

They all depend on the idea that 2030 is a “total” turning point, as was the case once with the industrial revolution and the electronic revolution of the 1980s. These kind of dates are the so-called transformative dates and with today’s open societies it is possible to “spend” and “coordinate” resources in order to minimize waste in order to achieve the best returns.

This is the impression of many minds working in the strategic centers of universities, giant banks, major financial institutions and multinationals companies; it is the year of transformation.

There are deeper expectations for entire sectors either by extinction or evolution. It is a challenge that does not face sectors but threatens and confronts people and nations at the time. It is very easy to praise the glories of yesterday, but the building of the future can only be appreciated by the serious.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on September 4, 2017.
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Hussein Shobokshi is a Businessman and prominent columnist. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al Takreer on Al Arabiya, and in 1995, he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa. His twitter handle is @husseinshoboksh.

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Last Update: Monday, 4 September 2017 KSA 10:43 - GMT 07:43
Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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