Gulf Daily News
2030 vision for a brave new Bahrain
A BRAVE new Bahrain is being mapped out under revolutionary economic and social reforms unveiled yesterday.
Massively improved standards of living, radically reformed government, widespread privatisation, better education and health services and an enhanced quality of life are pledged in the blueprint Economic Vision 2030.
The roughly 4,500-word mission statement to transform the nation, drawn up by the Economic Development Board, was launched at a ceremony yesterday attended by His Majesty King Hamad, Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and EDB chairman Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa and other top officials and dignitaries.
Economic Vision 2030 outlines the future path for the development of Bahrain’s economy and society, says the EDB, which created it in consultation with the government and private sectors, political leaders and international bodies.
“At the heart of the Economic Vision lie the aspirations for our economy, government and society in accordance with the guiding principles of sustainability, competitiveness and, fairness,” it says.
The aim is to transform Bahrain into a meritocracy, in which hard work reaps rewards, in an economy led by the private sector.
“We aspire to shift from an economy built on oil wealth to a productive, globally competitive economy, shaped by the government and driven by a pioneering private sector – an economy that raises a broad middle class of Bahrainis who enjoy good living standards through increased productivity and high-wage jobs,” says the document.