In the Gulf countries, falling oil prices have created a need to impose new taxes, such as the value-added tax which will be launched in the beginning of 2018; as well as a need to reduce the subsidies enjoyed by residents, including citizens and foreigners. Since such policies are likely to result in a reduction in residents’ living standards, many Gulf citizens have called for levying taxes upon, and cutting subsidies for, foreigners and not citizens, in an effort to protect the living standards of citizens at the expense of those of foreigners.
The Saudi Vision 2030 encourages the Saudi Arabians to diminish their dependence upon the government, and to exhibit private initiative as they tackle the economic and social challenges that affect their daily lives. This tenet stems from the fact that successful economies are always characterized by a multiplicity of independent efforts seeking to develop society in all its dimensions.
Article: "Altering the Economic Foundations of Marriage in the Gulf" (تعديل الأسس الاقتصادية للزواج)
Marriage has historically featured an economic partnership, wherein the man earns the family’s living, while the woman focuses her efforts on child-rearing, and managing household affairs. This arrangement led to certain marriage principles, among them the requirement that the proposing male be able to provide the female with an economically more comfortable life than that which her family affords her.
All the Gulf economic visions aim to increase female labor force participation, in the pursuit of economic equality in the gender domain, as well as the broad economic benefits that accrue when a society makes uses of its females’ abilities, and not just those belonging to its males. However, policymakers the world over face considerable difficulty in determining the best policies for enabling women, as some previous efforts have indirectly backfired, affirming the need to regularly revise policies, drawing upon the experience of other countries.
Article: "Digital vs. Paper Education in the Saudi Vision 2030" (التعليم الرقمي والتعليم الورقي في رؤية 2030)
Digital tools play an important role in the Saudi Vision 2030, principally as a means of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed plans. Arguably the most salient example is the campaign to digitize traditional government services, which started before the Vision, as in the case of the “Abshir” service provided by the Ministry of Interior for managing immigration and passport affairs.
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