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Future Foresight Forum 2017 | Clarification

An article in the Times of Oman reporting views of experts who have been invited speakers at the Future Foresight Forum, part of the Sultanate’s Oman Vision 2040, misinterpreted trends outlined by Professor Sarah Harper during her speech "Demographic and Social Changes out to 2040".

Sarah Harper said the following:

“Oman needs to use education to enable men and women to continue developing their skills and entering the workplace. In the future Oman would need a smaller number of children per family but with good education. A highly educated population would enable the country to take advantage of the opportunities a technological future will bring. Future demographic dividends would be based on high human capital not large numbers of people.

Oman has done well in bringing its childbearing rate down to 3 through improving health care and education."


Further reading:

> Times of Oman:  Oman's development is on the right track, say experts

> Future Foresight Forum 2017