Future Foresight Forum
The “Future Foresight Forum” is an integral part of the project for preparing the future vision “Oman 2040”, that complements the stages including analysis of the current situation in the Sultanate, identification of the key issues relating to the reality of the social and economic development to be addressed by the vision, conduct benchmarking and identify the best opportunities that can be adopted and implemented.
The Future Foresight Forum, which was held on the 6 and 7 December, 2017 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center, aims at highlighting the future global, regional and national trends in relation to sectoral issues of interest to the Omani society relevant to the future foresight of the Sultanate, as well as identifying the key themes and developing the future scenarios to be included in this stage of the Oman 2040 vision preparation. The Forum aims at raising the public awareness about the importance of the future and arriving at creative solutions to the challenges that the Sultanate may face in ensuring the continuation of its prosperity, economic growth and social welfare by 2040 in the manner that enhances the Sultanate’s position on the global map.
The forum witnessed the attendance of a number of prestigious international experts and over 300 stakeholders representing all society groups, government and private sector organizations. of public, private and civil sectors, representing various segments of society such as women, youth, people with special needs, higher education students, academics, and experts in planning and future sciences were also be present at the Forum.
The Forum provides inputs to the Oman 2040 vision project preparation through an insight into the future context, motives drivers, constraints, opportunities and challenges the Sultanate faces, based on the key issues identified in the previous stages of the project and the importance of raising awareness on future issues facing Oman. The outputs of the forum also served as a content enriching the future scenarios preparation workshop held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 December 2017.
The Forum is designed to give special importance to the participatory approach. Through two days of interactive sessions and panel discussions with a group of decision makers and experts at the national and global levels, and with wide participation of various segments and sectors of the society; the main sectoral ideas and trends, at the global level, will be presented and shared with the participants, for onward use and turning the same into results-oriented opportunities for the Sultanate over the next 20 years. As part of the Forum, breakout sessions will also be held and will include interactive activities, electronic voting and discussion points to enable the participants to deeply participate in discussing the topics presented at the Forum.