The Saudi 2030 Vision’s Godfather Leads G20 Summit to the Future
By: Hanan alhakami
The beginning of this year, the leaders of G20 summit came to an agreement that Saudi Arabia will be hosting G20 as a first Arab country that leads G20, after being hosted by Argentina 2018 and Tokyo 2019. That reflects the trust of the world’s large economies in Saudi Arabia’s economic role, in line with other roles in different fields on international scale.
This trust that is being put in Saudi, is not only limited to the economic and political aspect, but also in its huge role and contribution to humanitarian aid to countries in need.
Saudi Arabia is now a contributing country to all international decision making, especially this time where economies are not stable and nothing seems to be certain amid the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, which is taking place during the kingdom presidency of G20. Saudi Arabia has been facing some challenges and it cannot settle for the minimum which is a stage of many stages in the Saudi’s 2030 vision, with the help of its strategical geographical location and prestigious position.
The kingdom’s role in leading the summit evolves around that all countries need to come together and help one another to overcome this pandemic that put the whole world at stake in a way that never happened before. This summit includes the United States, China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and France. Other countries whom were influenced by the pandemic also participated in this summit, like Spain, Jordan, Singapore, Switzerland, and other major international organizations’ heads.
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, may God protect him, called on the leaders of the G20 to support financing research to develop a vaccine for Covid-19 to minimize further economic damage from the pandemic.
There is no doubt that the commitment from developed countries to support economies and save the world from the repercussions of the pandemic will achieve the goals of G20 Summit.
The Kingdom is also keen to reach an agreement on a global taxation system that is fair to everyone in this digital age.
Within the framework of the efforts the Kingdom is making to save the world, it is heading towards its global role with a smart policy in achieving not only a regional equilibrium, but also a global geostrategic one. This is the dissimilarity between the Kingdom and the rest of the world, it has proven that its role in leading the summit is not a role of coordination only or any hidden agenda, but because the Kingdom’s global role has its reputation that qualifies it to lead the efforts of the participated countries, and direct them in favor of cooperation for the international interest, and its view to the world as a single unity without any discrimination. The Kingdom is a flexible global partner that applies extremely high-quality policies for a more transparent and balanced world.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia focuses on sustainable strategic plans as a pillar of its economic strength through global partnerships that it directly leads. Thus, the Kingdom has recorded excellent international rankings and indicators in a number of fields.
In the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables, Saudi Arabia is well ahead of the Arab countries in research share, and the only country alongside United Arab Emirates (UAE) to make up the top 50 global country list as the 29th. For the third year in row, Saudi Arabia maintains its position among the global achievers and as the highest contributor to research share in the Arab countries and second highest in the MENA region countries on this year’s index.
This year’s Nature Index Annual Tables includes nineteen Arab countries, the longest list in three years long. On the same list, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt have been holding the top three positions respectively since 2017, with almost 65% of the overall research share delivered by the Kingdom and a remarkable 18% increase in adjusted Share by UAE. Egypt maintains its first position in North Africa and second in Africa over the same period.
In addition to the standard tables, this year’s Nature Index Annual Tables also includes lists of Rising Stars, based on research institutions’ growth in high-quality publication output from 2015 to 2019. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is the only institution from the MENA region in top 100 global rising stars in Earth and Environmental sciences and the only institution from the Arab countries in top 100 global rising stars in Physical sciences. KAUST had also the highest research share in the Arab countries for the past three years with more than 50% of their institutions shares’ combined.
The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
Nature Index recognizes that many other factors must be taken into account when considering research quality and institutional performance. This is all considered to be part of the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, by adopting scientific research to create a business environment that keeps pace with the world’s latest developments, which confirms the methodology’s strength to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s 2030 strategic vision.