The state-led economic model is no longer appropriate to the GCC countries as it is undermined by oil dependence, a lack of workforce diversity and skills, a growing need for public services...
Public sector thought leadership
The following articles were written by Strategy& partners and other senior professionals on key topics in the public sector.
For quality learning to take place at the primary and secondary school levels, countries need to have robust protection frameworks for children.
How GCC companies can become global competitors: Adopting a capabilities-driven strategy to avoid growth traps
GCC companies must develop powerful capabilities through internal development, mergers and acquisitions, or partnerships if they want to maintain their growth and improve their positioning.
The GCC countries are in a fiscal crunch. All GCC governments have announced spending cuts, but conventional strategies, such as across-the-board or narrowly focused cuts, could do irreparable harm to GCC countries’ economic and social development.
Surviving disaster: How to reemerge as a tourism destination after a period of political instability
Political stability and safety are prerequisites for tourism, which is why countries must make plans to recover their reputations after incidents of political unrest.
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Developing countries, such as the GCC states, are in an excellent position to compete for more of the meetings industry (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions). The GCC has growing trade activity, a “crossroads of the world” location, and increasing status as prospecting spots for business travellers generally.
GCC policymakers should address the region’s housing shortage with a strategy that brings together housing and socioeconomic policies in a holistic approach that builds communities instead of just housing. Governments should also engage private-sector developers through public–private partnerships, which can allocate resources more effectively and transfer knowledge from private developers to government agencies.
The achievement of “information superiority” is a critical determinant of mission success. Developing an information superiority capability requires following five imperatives: treating information as a strategic asset; having centralised governance; building an information culture; taking the right cyber security posture; designing and delivering an integrated ICT infrastructure.
Militaries in the Middle East currently have had relatively basic capabilities for medical logistics planning. As operations and deployments become more frequent and cover longer distances, these rudimentary capabilities could prove disruptive to missions and could endanger lives. Military planners therefore need a more comprehensive approach to medical logistics planning.
A critical element missing in the discussion of changes in Arab countries is a generational perspective. This survey and study allows policymakers and business leaders to take advantage of this valuable generational approach to framing social, economic, and employment policy.
Countries in the GCC can grow their tourism sector significantly by developing a national tourism sector strategy. The best way to achieve this is through a three-step process: define the tourism sector ecosystem; develop strategic positioning and value proposition; and develop tourism sector institutional framework.
Bringing the GCC’s education system in line with the needs of the employment market requires governments to engage numerous stakeholders including local authorities, schools, and the private sector. However, governments must also include students themselves, a group often overlooked in the reform process.
Real estate developers can position themselves for the market’s upswing by choosing where they want to be on the value chain, being firmly rooted in their target market, formulating robust risk and investment guidelines, and developing their capabilities to ensure value creation and success through differentiation.
Sustainable development is critical for the MENA region’s long-term prosperity and stability. Companies can play a key role in this effort by contributing to the broader improvement of their societies through corporate social responsibility initiatives that align with national development objectives.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can use public-private partnerships as a means of managing rising healthcare costs, as a mechanism to enhance the capabilities of the healthcare system, and as part of a program of systemic transformation of the sector.
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