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Story behind Saudi ‘2030 Vision’ - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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London- On 11 February, 2015 the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chaired the Council of Economic and Development Affairs’ first meeting, directly after issuing a royal decree to found this council.

Back then, Prince Mohammed had several plans for the future of his country, yet he waited to study all the vital sectors, rules and regulations in order to determine the landmarks of his vision according to scientific basis. He counted on the project management office, which was working day and night to review, analyze and implement ahead each session.

Features of 2030 vision started to manifest before announcing the overall budget in 2015. The budget was decided according to studies made by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, which reviewed most of the existing projects, mechanism of adopting them and their economic impact.

Committees were founded and new departments were developed to take necessary actions towards these projects and review affiliated lists, and non-oil revenues for 2015 were raised by 30 percent.

The Council needed 439 days to issue its vision on Monday, 26 April. During these days, more than 54 meetings were convened to discuss decisions taken by 11 ministries and 20 institutions and government bodies.

Education and agriculture sectors were topping the files and studies that were discussed, followed by other sectors, including the file on the cost of living and data provided by the Department of Statistics.

The list of files that were discussed also included labor, trade, consumer protection, Hajj and resources, planning, energy, oil, gas and transportation. All these files were separately discussed; thus clarifying the vision based on strong and scientific basis.

Moreover, resolutions issued by the Council of Economic and Development Affairs were firm and quick and were preparing to launch the Saudi 2030 Vision with certainty.