December 22, 2013
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the Jordan Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), on Sunday patronized the launch of the national project “Jordan Scenarios: 2020-2030” which took place at the University of Jordan (UJ).
His Royal Highness said the priorities for Jordan’s future should be linked with Jordanians’ needs and drafted in cooperation with political, economic and civil trinity.
Prince El Hassan stressed that the future vision for many of our priorities must be linked with the requirements of the Jordanian citizen, pointing out that Jordan’s population was 2.5 million in 1992 and is now nearing 8 million, which requires the collaboration of all sectors to pay more attention to human resources.
He added that there are plans to build on exploratory research conducted by the HCST through building partnerships with pioneering institutions, which will contribute to preparing the 2013-2017 national strategy for science, technology and innovation.
His Highness also remarked a number of issues that will shape the future of Jordan, represents technology, Internet and telecommunications infrastructure, in addition to the economic aspect including employment, food security, climate change and other issues.
President of the University of Jordan (UJ), Prof. Ekhleif Tarawneh said UJ has made all effort to support this project to come out with strategic plans based on methodology, knowledge and needs, in addition to finding effective solutions and alternatives for problems and obstacles based on the correct knowledge of people’s needs.
From his part, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Dr. Musa Shteiwi highlighted the contents of the Jordan Scenarios project: 2030, including challenges facing Jordan currently, in addition to the objectives of the project, including the development of possible scenarios for the future of Jordan and provide recommendations on how to avoid or achieve them, and develop a set of recommendations for decision-makers.
The main objective of the project, which is launched and overseen by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, is to develop a five-year plan for a preferred scenario, after the completion of the scenarios project .
The scenarios address four key areas are population, economy, politics, and human and social development.