KSRelief launches number of projects in Somaliland    The National Day and the birth of KAUST!    Brazil reports 32,817 new coronavirus cases, 831 deaths    UNWTO maps sector recovery with new ‘Tourism Recovery Tracker'    Dubai Police fine woman for violating coronavirus precautionary measures    US slaps new Iran sanctions for 'human rights violations'    Wall Street Closing    King Hamad reiterates Bahrain's call for creation of Palestine in UN speech    South Korea to Resume Flights with Vietnam, Russia    KSrelief's mobile clinics continue providing medical services in Yemen    Gulf Air resumes direct flights to Amman    Emirates adds five routes, brings network to 92 cities    Oman to resume international and domestic flights from Oct. 1 Expatriates holding valid residency permits can return    Haram presidency gears up to receive pilgrims    Equal wages for women, men in UAE private sector comes into force Friday    Saudi flag emoji tweeted 27 million times since last September Twitter celebrates 90 years of Saudi Arabian heritage on #SaudiNationalDay    Poets and musicians get ready for a new open mic platform    The Kingdom's Airports Celebrate 90th National Day    Health Ministry: Adhering to Preventative Measures is Important    UK Minister for Middle East Congratulates Saudi Leadership on 90th National Day    Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies aged 59    Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Cross 31.7 Million, Death Toll at 971,130    CSG Sixes Saudi National Day event set    Saudi Arabia Achieves Significant Progress in International Indicators of Business Environment and Competitiveness    Coronavirus-hit Al Hilal out of AFCCL on a technicality    Over 1,000 participants, 40 speakers in 11th GCC Neurology Meeting    National Day/ Saudi Arabia Marks 90th National Day with Massive Air Show    MDLBEAST celebrates Saudi National Day with exclusive soundtrack and musical journey    HyperX releases first Arabic layout keyboard for gaming    Riyadh Ranks the 5th Smart City among G20 Member States' Capitals, on IMD Indicator    Happy National Day 90    Roma given defeat by Serie A for using ineligible player    Bahrain Bourse Rises    50 riders to take part in National Day show jumping competition    AlUla Date Festival to Launch Next Month    Every work has its fruits, so choose wisely    Wydad appeal over CAF 2019 Champions' final dismissed by CAS    Saudi Youths Transfer Saudi Arabia's Culture via Animation Production    Saudi Scholarship Program to Promote Football Talents, abroad, Co-sign Accord with Spanish Real Sociedad    French Open to allow 11,500 fans per day between the three show courts    Saudi Films' Festival virtual Events Continued    Saudi Films' Festival Events Continue, amid Wide-Scale Cultural Participation    Mediation center contributes to 22% decrease in divorces    Saudi woman seeks to restrain wealthy hubby from remarrying    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





KSA thought leaders and decision makers see positive social impact of COVID-19 through 2025
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 10 - 08 - 2020

A survey commissioned by Al Aghar Group in partnership with global management consultancy Kearney, reveals that most thought leaders and decision makers in the Kingdom anticipate that COVID-19 will be a positive accelerant of the transformation already under way in the Kingdom. The survey of Saudi Arabia thought leaders and decision makers focused specifically on the social impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Kingdom through 2025.
Work and Learning:
Respondents believe that COVID-19 is accelerating the advent of the ‘future of work' in the Kingdom and more than 65% see this as fundamentally positive. 66% see the anticipated increased participation in the platform-enabled gig economy as positive. 69% see the growing need for the retraining of employees as positive, spurring national adaption to the new normal. However, the survey also revealed some concerns regarding the security of formal employment and self-employment, with 37% seeing the effect of the crisis as negative.
Most survey respondents (70%) expect education in the Kingdom to undergo a positive transformation with the adoption of new, innovative, and inclusive modes of learning. 74% of respondents expect the Kingdom's education sector to have an improved and more inclusive educational landscape with a significant increase in the use of technologies and digital resources with a strong prevalence of online education. 64% of respondents even anticipate a change in the type of skills that are prioritized in schools and universities to match the emerging market demands.
Lifestyle:
78% of the respondents believe that the impact of the pandemic on the healthcare in the Kingdom through 2025 will be highly beneficial. In particular, the respondents anticipate positive shifts in both national consciousness regarding the importance of health and wellbeing (86%) and increasing investment in preventative public health (81%).
58% of respondents believe there will be a wide adoption of telemedicine services in the Kingdom in the near future, as patients gain greater comfort and confidence in this method of consultation with their health providers.
Most respondents believe the health crisis has accelerated the process of digital transformation in the country, particularly in the finance and retail sectors. 75% of respondents see the anticipated wider prevalence of e-commerce as positive, and 89% see as positive increasing use of cashless payments for face-to-face transactions by 2025.
Seven out of ten respondents expect an increase in consumption of online entertainment (streaming services, online gaming). 60% of respondents expect reduced citizen spending. Interestingly, sentiment regarding this change is balanced reflecting the tradeoffs between the virtues of increased discipline in personal finance and the painful consequences for firms as a result of reduced demand.
Engagement:
By 2025, 78% of respondents expect that COVID-19 will lead to a significant and welcome (83%) step change in government preparedness for future crises. 68% of respondents anticipate a significant impact on government information-sharing and 75% look forward to this increased transparency. 65% anticipate a moderate, but positive change in the willingness of citizens to contribute towards government efforts.
Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed, chairman of the Board, Al-Aghar Group added, "Saudi Arabia has a proud history of resilience and has thrived even in the most challenging situations. While this pandemic has severely affected us all, the survey results confirm the depth of our intention to use this current situation to accelerate our national progress."
Commenting on the survey results, Rudolph Lohmeyer, partner and head of National Transformations Institute at Kearney Middle East, said, "The survey results clearly reveal the deep, optimistic resilience of the Saudi people and their implicit commitment to the Kingdom's national transformation. Despite the near-term hardships caused by the crisis, respondents anticipate that the most significant medium-term impacts will be positive."
Al Aghar Group and Kearney have partnered to develop a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Saudi Arabian society through 2025 and how these changes can be leveraged to accelerate positive change. You can find the report entitled "Social Impact of COVID-19 on Saudi Arabia" here. — SG


Clic here to read the story from its source.