The slumification of Malé

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The Greater Malé Area has come a long way from being a sleepy island, to become a busy metropolitan city. For generations, Malé lured in the masses from every part...

Shahid's Presidency of Hope

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On 7 June 2021, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, was elected  President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Maldives’ candidate won against a...

Poverty is not an easy fix

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The Maldives' GDP increased by 189 percent over the past 10 years, reaching about USD5 billion in 2019. GDP per capita climbed from USD8,429 in 2014 to USD10,541 in 2019,...

Looming shadows over sovereignty

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Many Maldivians were taken aback with this recent announcement by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, especially since the Maldivian government had made no mention of it.

Exposing cracks in health care

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On 3 June, Minister of Health Ahmed Naseem acknowledged negligence in the provision of emergency health care leading to the tragic loss of the Maldives' youngest COVID-19 victim, a 10-year-old...

Attracting Foreign Direct Investments

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On 22 May, the Ministry of Tourism announced a 30 percent reduction in acquisition costs for 16 islands tendered on 9 April, citing the ‘current investment climate’ posing challenges to...

The Digital Divide

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The Solih Administration on 27 May announced new prices for broadband internet services, as part of the key pledges of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) manifesto. Although delivery on the...

Revitalising the construction industry

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The construction industry is a vital sector that contributes directly to national GDP, while ensuring socio-economic development through delivering basic infrastructure. The industry is largely dependent on government spending on...

More graduates not the answer

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One of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s most anticipated campaign pledges was the free education scheme for students pursuing their first degrees in the Maldives. Speaking at the scheme launching ceremony...