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Minister Shauna: No plans to block SpaceX’s Starlink.

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Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aiminath Shauna has stated that the Government of Maldives has no plans to block the Starlink internet service by SpaceX.

In a tweet made today, Minister Shauna assured to the public that they “Welcome innovative solutions to longstanding problems” and that they have no plans to block the SpaceX global internet service Starlink. However, it is not clear whether the Government will grant any additional ISPs the right to establish the ground stations necessary to receive the full benefit of the Starlink system.

Currently three ISPS are active in the Maldives, the SOE Dhiraagu, Ooredoo Maldives and Raajje Online.

Minister Shauna’s comments comes after she revealed the cheaper internet prices for Maldives. She also announced the National minimum bandwidth which has been set at 2 MBPs.

Internet has become an essential part of the Maldivian lfie as the geographically isolated and islands use internet based messaging software and social medias to communicate. The current pandemic has also shown that the nation urgently needs an overhaul of its critical telecommunication infrastructure and services.

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CWEIC office to establish in Maldives, Janah as Chair

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Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) has announced decision to establish its office in the Maldives, and appoint President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s Principal Advisor Mohamed Ali Janah as its Country Chair.

CWEIC in a statement on Thursday, said the office will be established to connect the Maldives government with international investors and businesses.

The Maldives hub office of CWEIC will play a vital role in seeking prospective investment opportunities from all 56-member nations of the Commonwealth. The office will also enhance strategic alliances and partnerships between these countries and the Maldivian government.

Veteran entrepreneur, Janah boasts of over 30 years of business relations with the Middle East.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Dubai company awarded the development of SEZ

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An agreement has been signed by the Maldivian administration with UAE’s International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) to develop Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in the Maldives.

The agreement, officially co-signed by Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed and IFZA Chairman Martin Gregers Pedersen during a special ceremony, marks a significant milestone in economic development.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Saeed emphasized the timeline for finalizing the agreement, committing to reach a consensus within the next four months. As part of the agreement, Fonadhoo in Kaafu Atoll will be transformed into a financial hub, featuring a new financial center and a bridge connecting Male’ and Hulhule. IFZA will bear the expenses for these developments.

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade further highlighted plans for the Economic Gateway project in Ihavandhippolhu, aiming to attract investors with IFZA’s expertise. Addressing the attendees, Chairman Pedersen expressed confidence in the success of the project, underscoring collaborations with investors to further enhance opportunities in the Maldives.

The development of SEZs remarkably aligns with the President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu’s vision to diversify the economy and stimulate financial growth. The Maldivian administration is optimistic about attracting future investments and positioning the country as a desirable destination for business opportunities.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Over USD 713M generated attributing to revenue increasing by 3.7%

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Ministry of Finance has revealed a remarkable surge in the government’s revenue generated as of April 25, which exceeds USD713 million. The latest weekly fiscal report publicised by the ministry indicates that this contributes to a 3.7% increase in revenue in comparison to the revenue of USD693 million, generated within the same period, in 2023.

The fiscal report shows that the revenue comprises USD 596 million in tax revenue, USD116 million in non-tax revenue, and USD3 million in aid received. Tax earnings include import duty, business and property tax (BPT), goods and services tax (GST), as well as earnings from GST. The breakdown of revenue generation includes USD45 million from import duties, USD168 million from BPT, USD330 million from GST, USD24 million from green tax, USD22.6 million from airport service charges, and departure tax.

Expenditures until April 25 totalled USD817 million, with USD629 million allocated to recurrent expenses and USD181 million to capital expenditures. This represents a significant reduction in expenditures compared to the USD244 million spent by the government in 2023, during the corresponding timeframe. Recurrent expenses cover USD207 million for salaries and allowances and USD408 million for administrative work. Meanwhile, capital expenditure primarily encompasses expenses related to structural development.

Source(s): PsmNews

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