Let the year 2018 be the open human year toward the context, the environment and toward other fellow human beings. We have an extraordinary chance, so let’s utilize it wisely.
Kuwait has a relatively small population. This limited population and thereby permitting a good government to rule and manage it efficiently and solves most of its problems. At the same time, Kuwait enjoys high revenues, and per capita. The Kuwait GDP is among the top ten in the world. The Kuwaitis are known to be highly educated, open and exposed to international trends and practices. Kuwaitis possess high creative spirits and ability to innovates and create commercial ventures and markets; once the suitable environment is in place.
In 2018 we look to have an open, business-friendly environment. We don’t need new cities or mega projects. What we need first is to improve the business climate that is easier and more flexible. We need to simplify the bureaucrat procedures and make it easy for small and large enterprises to practice. The government has to empower small businesses to start and grow, which include Start-ups needs, financial loans, land, and lower rents. The government has to work to ensure that public tenders are distributed equitably to all scales.
In 2018, we hope to see a humanistic urban milieu. Instead of focusing on large projects, let’s think of smaller solutions where the individual can directly benefit. Let us take care of the pedestrians and crossing points and bus stops. Let’s aim to have cleaner air, beaches, and deserts. Let us have practical plans for more vegetation and shading. We need more public benches, drinking fountains and public plazas. We should care more about urban design and beautification. The city is our home, and if its clean, it will make us happier and motivate us to work and be more productive.
One of the essential factors of prosperous cities is their ease of circulation, in 2018, let us work to improve traffic and public transport. We can achieve excellent results by the implementation of modern scientific methods. We should aim to lower the time spent in congestions, searching for parking spots. Why don’t we strive to bring closer places of living and work; or why don’t we have more mixed uses. In 2018 we would like to see plans to create high-quality public transport systems that the public can depend on. Time is the most valuable resource and the efficacy of using time will determine our future.
In 2018, we would like to see more openness and social diversification in Kuwait. We would like to preserve one of the traits of Kuwait that we know that is free Kuwait. Undoubtedly political and individual liberties lead to many successes in all aspects of life, cultural, political and commercial. We need to remind ourselves that the secret of Kuwait’s success in the past was its openness and that we cannot regain that status in the region without re-establishing tolerance and acceptance. Kuwait was known to be hospitable where all expatriates felt at home. We would like to resist all sorts of discriminatory practices and to establish a friendly environment that encourages all residents to prosper and contribute to society.