RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is on track to meet the goals set out in Vision 2030 after five successful years to date, senior officials said.
The chairs of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 delivery program committee – including ministers of health, tourism, finance, economics and planning – met in Riyadh on Saturday.
Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said there had been marked improvement in the health sector since the start of Vision 2030, which then saw the introduction of the Mawid and Sehhaty apps.
“In 2015, people had difficulty making an appointment, but now any citizen can make an appointment through the Mawid and Sehhaty applications,” he explained.
“Then the citizen can go to the meeting within three or four days. We launched this service two and a half years ago; more than 76 million appointments have been made to date, with nearly 150,000 daily appointments. “
Other services include the call center, 937, which now receives more than 140,000 calls per day, as well as remote medical consultations where patients can receive prescriptions remotely.
Thirty new cardiac centers have been created, as well as cardiac catheter centers, added the Minister of Health.
Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib, President of the Quality of Life program, has a budget of $ 16 billion to make the Kingdom’s cities among the best in the world.
The program works with 13 government entities to measure quality of life based on local services.
There were 11 cultural committees created under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, as well as a growth fund.
100,000 jobs have been created through the implementation of more than 10,000 activities in the entertainment sector.
And more than 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses have been established in the sector.
Al-Khatib said the tourist visa program, launched before the COVID-19 pandemic, issued 450,000 visas.
He added that the Green Riyadh project aims to improve the quality of life and cultural diversity.
More than $ 107 billion has been saved in four years through spending savings, said Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, chairman of the financial sector development program.
The Kingdom has also joined global financial indicators, which have contributed $ 40 billion in foreign investment, while the banking sector has seen tremendous progress, including the introduction of fintech, he said. added.
He said the Public Investment Fund (PIF) will be a critical reserve to reduce the need for additional resources after 2030.
Al-Jadaan said public debt levels were not of concern as they were between 30 and 33 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) – a reasonable level, he said, compared to other countries in the country. G20 and the region.
Al-Jadaan said the most important policies are focused on reducing unemployment, increasing the purchasing power of citizens and creating an environment that supports small and medium enterprises.
He stressed that the main objective of Vision 2030 is the citizens, through direct or indirect initiatives.
Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, chairman of the National Transformation Program Committee, said the judiciary is part of the national transformation system.
“Today, 82% of court services are automated,” Al-Tuwaijri said.
He said the Kingdom’s internet speed had increased dramatically – adding that 5G was one of the biggest achievements, as coverage reached 60% in major cities and 45% in all other cities.
Women’s empowerment improved with participation in society through work and policymaking reached 33%, Al-Tuwaijri said, exceeding the program’s previous target of 27.5% in 2020.
Traffic incidents decreased by 51%, as part of the national transformation of the traffic system.