Maldives this week

Government signs agreements with India for seven projects under India's High Impact Community Development Project.

24 May 2022, Aishath Shaan Shakir, nominated by the President as Maldives Ambassador at Berlin, Germany, confirms endorsement by the Parliament today with 29 votes. Ms. Shakir was previously serving as the Chief Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

23 May 2022, The Governor of Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA), Ali Hashim warned at the Parliamentary Committee against the proposed lease rent reductions of tourist resorts. Governor highlighted the importance of doing a proper analysis of the revenue impact of such a reduction in revenue, and warned against it, considering the dire situation in Sri Lanka. 

23 May 2022, The newly elected Chairperson of Maldives Democratic Party (MDP), Minister of Fayyaz Ismail assumes the post today. He won election against MP Imthiyaz Fahumy with 27,900 votes, in one of the most competitive party elections in recent history. 

22 May 2022, The State Trading Organization (STO) has started providing ready-mix concrete to the Thilamale' Bridge project. STO has recently signed a contract with the main India contractor of the project to provide 7,500 cubic meter ready-mix concrete over a period of one year. 

04 May 2022, AirAsia resumes flights to Maldives, after stopping its operations following the COVID-19 pandemic. Flights will be operating between Maldives and Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur and Maldives. 

03 May 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Eva Abdulla expressed concern over use of Government funds through the President's Office, ministries, and state companies to further government's agenda through media. The remarks come amid Maldives slipping 15 spots on the World Press Freedom Index in 2022. 

01 May, President Solih has appointed Ahmed Latheef as Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Latheef has been Ambassador in Germany since 20 January 2019.   

01 May, President Solih announced a new salary structure for teachers and other educational sector staff, bringing the lowest pay for teachers to reach at least MVR 13,000 per month. President made the announcement in a televised address to the nation. 

01 May, The Vice President Faisal Naseem departed to New York City on an official visit to participate in the high-level thematic debate convened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly on the theme "Putting sustainable and resilient tourism at the heart of an inclusive recovery." According to the President's Office, the debate is convened in collaboration with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  

27 April, Former Maldives president and Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament Mohamed Nasheed has said that his country will always follow the ‘India First’ policy, and will not allow China to continue with its plan of “land grab and debt trap”, which has led to huge debt for the island nation. 

Nasheed made the remarks in his ongoing visit to India. 

27 April, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ms. Eva Abdulla announced that Speaker Nasheed will contest in the upcoming Presidential election. Eva, who is also a cousin of Nasheed made the remarks in a campaign event in Kulhudhuffushi. 

On 18 April, the government signed agreements for seven projects to be carried out under a USD27 million grant provided through India's High Impact Community Development Project. The seven projects are the establishment of a mental health unit at the Addu Equatorial Hospital, the commencement of speech therapy services at the Kulhudhuffushi Regional Hospital, orthopaedic treatment services at the Hulhumale Hospital, establishment of youth centres in ADh. Dhigurah and GDh. Gemenafushi, establishment of a sports complex in N. Manadhoo, and the repair of historical sites in N. Landhoo and Th. Dhiyamigili. 

On 18 April, the Privatisation and Corporatisation Board said that it has appointed Mahjoob Shujau, former managing director of Hulhumalé Development Corporation (HDC) as the Managing Director of the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL).  

On 18 April, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that from 14 March to 16 April, 4,225 people in the Maldives had tested positive for Covid-19, increasing the total number of cases reported in the country to 178,883. 

On 18 April, the President's Office said that the Ambassador of China to the Maldives, Wang Lixin, paid a courtesy call on First Lady Fazna Ahmed. 

On 18 April, the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said that Indian navy ship Sutlej has arrived in the Maldives to undertake a hydrographic survey, to be carried out from HDh. To N. Atolls, from 21 April to 15 May. 

On 18 April, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed returned to the Maldives after concluding their unofficial visit to Singapore. 

On 17 April, the Prosecutor General's Office appealed at the High Court the charges against two acquitted by the Criminal Court in the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed. 

On 16 April, the Government of Maldives issued a statement condemning the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces on 15 April. It said that the actions of Israel are a clear violation of international law and the relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions and undermined all efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region.

On 16 April, opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) coalition raised concerns over the government not condemning the inhumane actions against Muslims in India's Madhya Pradesh state. 

On 14 April, the World Bank in a 'Maldives Development Update' it issued with its 'South Asia Economic Focus Reshaping Norms: a New Day Forward' said that the Maldives' economy will grow by 7.6 percent in 2022 but raised concerns over increasing debt.  

On 14 April, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed departed for Singapore on an unofficial visit.  

On 14 April, the Human Rights Watch said in a report it issued on the rights situation in the Maldives that Maldivian authorities have not credibly addressed threats to free expression and other rights by religious extremists. 

On 13 April, the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Parley Maldives to implement the AIR strategy at the Velana International Airport (VIA), to end the threat of marine plastic pollution. 

On 13 April, Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem said that the government has initiated discussions on reviewing the national health insurance scheme, Aasandha. 

On 13 April, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna launched the government's Competency Standard for Waste to Wealth, which seeks to manage waste as a profitable resource and to develop skilled locals in communities across the country to safely manage waste. 

On 13 April, the Maldivian government issued a statement announcing its decision to purchase all fish caught by vessels and currently in queue at the Kooddoo fish processing plant. 

On 12 April, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih met with members of the Musicians Union of Maldives, where he gave his assurance that the government will extend its cooperation to resolve the difficulties faced by musicians in the Maldives. 

On 11 April, the Maldivian parliament approved a bill on electronic transactions, with 44 votes in favour. 

On 11 April, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported 665 new Covid-19 cases in the country from 3 April to 9 April, increasing the total number of cases reported in the country to 178,813.   

On 11 April, the Maldivian parliament voted against accepting an emergency resolution proposed on concerns raised by fishermen over the state fisheries company limiting purchases of fish, proposed by Member of Parliament for Fares Maathoda Hussein Mohamed Latheef.  

On 11 April, former President Abdulla Yameen, at a hearing held on charges against him for accepting bribes and money laundering in relation to the lease of V. Aarah for tourism development said that he had not accepted bribes and that the USD1 million he had received was part of a business transaction for the exchange of dollars. 

On 10 April, the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) announced that the new seaplane terminal established at Velana International Airport will be opened on 15 May instead of in April.  

On 10 April, ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) announced that it has commenced investigations into complaints by Member of Parliament for Maafannu Uthuru constituency Imthiyaz Fahmy alleging use of state resources and assets to influence the election for the MDP chairperson.

The Ministry of Tourism said that as of 6 April, 460,479 tourists have visited the Maldives so far in 2022, a 43.1% increase compared to the same period in 2021. The United Kingdom is in the top position, accounting for 12.7% of the total market, followed by Russia and India. 

On 10 April, President Ibrhaim Mohamed Solih reiterated the government's commitment to implement equitable development of all sports in the country, in a meeting he held with members of the Racing Association of Maldives. 

 

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