National Priorities

Education, Learning, Scientific Research and National Talents

Strategic Direction

Inclusive Education, Life-long Learning, and Scientific Research that Lead to a Knowledge Society and Competitive National Talents

Goals

  • A high-quality educational system with communal partnerships
  • An integrated and independent system for the governance and evaluation of the educational system in accordance with national and international standards
  • Value-reinforcing curricula; mindful of the principles of Islam and the Omani identity, drawing inspiration from the history and heritage of Oman, keeping abreast of the requirements of sustainable development and future skillsets, and supporting diversification of educational tracks
  • A system that empowers human capabilities in the educational sector
  • An effective national system for scientific research, creativity and innovation that contributes to building a knowledge-based economy and society
  • Diversified and sustainable sources of funding for education and scientific research
  • National talents with dynamic and competitive capabilities and skills, both nationally and globally

Health

Strategic Direction

A leading health system adopting global standards

Goals

  • A society enjoying sustainable health, with a conviction that “health is the responsibility of all”
  • A decentralized health system operating with quality, transparency, fairness and accountability
  • Diversified and sustainable funding sources for the healthcare system
  • Qualified national talents and capabilities that are pioneer in health scientific research and innovation
  • Technical medical systems and services, and a high-quality preventive and clinical healthcare across all levels

Citizenship, Identity, National Heritage and Culture

Strategic Direction

A society that is proud of its identity and a culture that reinforces citizenship

Goals

  • A society that is proud of its identity, citizenship and culture and which strives to preserve, document and promulgate its heritage worldwide
  • An integrated, institutional and communal partnership system that reinforces identity, citizenship and social cohesion
  • A knowledge-based and skilled society that is aware and mindful of its identity, and keeps abreast of the latest knowledge developments
  • Sustainable investment in heritage, culture and arts, that contributes to growing the national economy
  • A society that is capable of assessing, analyzing, exploiting, producing and disseminating knowledge
  • A globally leading society in mutual understanding, coexistence and peace
  • A society of responsible members who recognize their rights and are committed to their obligations
  • A professional media that reinforces the societal awareness and contributes to social and economic development

Welfare and Social Protection

Strategic Direction

A Decent and sustainable life for all

Goals

  • A society enjoying insurance coverage through an active, sustainable and equitable social safety network
  • An aware and cohesive society that is socially and economically enabled; especially women, children, youth, disabled persons and the most vulnerable segments
  • Advanced social services and programs fulfilling the needs of the society
  • Integrated social protection schemes targeting the most vulnerable segments, enabling them to be self-dependent and contribute to the national economy
  • Effective partnership between government sector, private sector and civil society in the fields of social development
  • A civil society that is enabled and effectively participates in sustainable development
  • Enabling environment and systems for a sport that contributes to the economy and is globally competitive

Economic Leadership and Management

Strategic Direction

A dynamic economic leadership possessing capabilities and operating within an integrated institutional framework

Goals

  • Unique reference unit at the policy level that enables the economy and operates to achieve the goals of economic development and social justice
  • Effective economic leadership with established authority, a clear mandate, and a swift response to developmental needs – as per specific performance indicators
  • A reviving administrative leadership equipped with capabilities that fit future needs, market dynamics, and emerging changes
  • An effective and enabling economic legislation system that is abreast with recent developments

Economic Diversification and Fiscal Sustainability

Strategic Direction

A diversified, sustainable and competitive economy that is based on knowledge and innovation, operates within integrated frameworks, adapts with the industrial revolutions, and achieves fiscal sustainability

Goals

  • 1. Leading sectors to achieve economic diversification and integration with sub-sectors to be identified every five years
  • 2. A diversified, integrated and competitive economy that is future-oriented and is driven by innovation and entrepreneurship
  • 3. Well-versed, integrated and sustainable fiscal, monetary and economic policies; together with budgets that effectively utilize public revenues
  • 4. A regulatory environment that is flexible and abreast that ensures equal opportunities
  • 5. Advanced technological infrastructure that is enabling for all sectors and capable of accommodating latest developments and cyberspace security challenges
  • 6. An integrated and cohesive research and development system amongst various sectors and institutions

Labor Market and Employment

Strategic Direction

A dynamic labor market that is attractive to talent and responsive to demographic, economic, knowledge and technical changes

Goals

  • A labor market with skilled and highly-productive manpower and a positive work culture
  • A labor market that attracts talent and skilled labor within clear and standardized recruitment policies
  • An employment, qualification, promotion and incentives system that is based on efficiency and productivity and which merits initiative and innovation
  • Laws and legislations regulating the labor market in accordance with professional standards, within a stimulating and responsive work environment

The Private Sector, Investment and International Cooperation

Strategic Direction

An enabled private sector driving a competitive economy that is integrated with the world economy

Goals

  • A competitive business environment that attracts investments, in which the government assumes a regulatory role coupled with successful, efficient and seamless management
  • Flexible and facilitated financing patterns that keep pace with global developments and fulfil investment needs
  • An enabled and competitive private sector that leads the economy and observes both economic and social dimensions
  • Partnership and integration between SMEs, embraced by large corporations
  • Active partnership between the government and the private sector, improving production efficiency
  • Diversified imports and exports in terms of goods and geographical aspects that maximize the ability to capitalize on the Sultanate’s global status and geographical location
  • A unique economic identity that integrates with the global production and service chains

Sustainable Development in Governorates and Cities

Strategic Direction

Geographical sustainable development that follows a decentralized discourse, develops a few urban centers, and utilizes land in an ideal and sustainable way

Goals

  • Balanced and equitable development, enhancing the competitive and comparative advantages of urban areas and governorates
  • Enabled local communities to formulate their social and economic priorities and operate within a framework of administrative and economic decentralization
  • An efficient settlement hierarchy system that guides sustainable urban development to accommodate growing population and provide access to public services and utilities
  • Highly protected urban and rural areas, cultural and natural heritage reserves, that are flexible and highly capable of dealing with climate change effects
  • Smart and sustainable cities and a vital countryside with a high urban quality for living, working and leisure
  • Facilitated, diversified, and accessible means of transport, integrated with a sustainable world-class infrastructure and soundly-directed urban development

Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability

Strategic Direction

Balanced utilization and sustainability of natural resources, to support energy security and the national economy

Goals

  • Food and water security that is based on renewable resources, advanced technologies and ideal exploitation of the Sultanate’s strategic location and its biodiversity
  • A protected environment that achieves a balance between environmental, economic and social requirements and works within sustainable development rules
  • Sustainable utilization of natural resources to achieve high value-added
  • Renewable energy with diversified sources and a reduced consumption to achieve energy security
  • A green and circular economy that is responsive to national needs and consistent with the global direction of adapting to climate change
  • Environmental awareness combined with an effective implementation of responsible consumption and production patterns

Legislative, Judicial and Audit System

Strategic Direction

A participatory legislative system, an independent, specialized and swift judicial system and an effective and transparent audit system

Goals

  • Flexible legislations and an independent fully-empowered legislative authority
  • Prompt, specialized and impartial judicial system, utilizing technologies of the future
  • Effective alternatives to the judicial system, deeming the Sultanate a global hub in this regard
  • A comprehensive audit system that protects national assets and realizes the principles of accountability
  • An effective and independent audit system that utilizes transparency and disclosure to combat corruption, with the media assuming an insightful and effective role
  • A legally-aware society that effectively participates in legislation and audit
  • Specialized, qualified, and trusted national legislative, judicial and audit capabilities, that operate in a conducive environment

Partnership and Integration of Roles

Strategic Direction

A balanced partnership and an effective regulatory role for the government

Goals

  • Balanced and sustainable partnership with integrated roles between stakeholders from the government, private sector, civil society and individuals to ensure effective institutional performance
  • Effective regulatory framework that motivates the work of civil society institutions
  • A governance framework that regulates privatization of projects and public services

Governance of the Administrative Apparatus, Resources and Projects

Strategic Direction

An administrative apparatus that is flexible, innovative, future-oriented and adhere to good governance

Goals

    • High-quality government services and performance
    • Balanced and informed government decisions
    • A future-oriented and effective government sector in the fields of planning, regulation, monitoring and evaluation, with a sectoral structure
    • Effective governance of resources and projects
    • Clear competitive standards for occupying leading positions in the government sector and its subsidiary institutions
Established institutional transparency and disclosure, ensuring the right to access information