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President Muizzu departs to Dubai to attend Investment Forum, World Govt. Summit

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President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, on Sunday evening, departed on an official visit to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The president is accompanied by Special Advisor Abdul Raheem Abdulla, Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer, Economic Minister Mohamed Saeed, Tourism Minister Ibrahim Faisal, Health Minister Dr. Abdulla Khaleel, Youth Minister Ibrahim Waheeed (Asward) and several other senior government officials.

The visit, undertaken at the invitation of Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister for Defense of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is to attend the World Government Summit 2024 which will be held from Monday, February 12th to Wednesday, February 14th.

This year’s theme for the World Government Summit is ‘Shaping Future Governments’ – where governments, international organizations, thought leaders, and private sector leaders will come together to discuss future challenges and empower the next generation of governments.

President Muizzu is scheduled to deliver a main address at the Summit and hold meetings with dignitaries attending the Summit at approximately 4:40pm local time. It will mark the first time a Maldivian president is participating and delivering an address at the summit.

He will also attend and deliver the keynote address at the Maldives Investment Forum held in Dubai on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Investment Forum is the most important agenda on the trip. Briefing local journalists participating in the trip, Maldivian Ambassador at Large in Dubai Mohamed Hussain Shareef (Mundhu) almost 300 participants have registered for the forum which includes a large number of local businesses as well.

Mundhu noted that significant investments are made by UAE investors in the Maldives, particularly in the tourism sector. He added the businesses will have the opportunity to directly meet the president and specific ministers, upon request,

As Maldives gears up for the huge investment forum in Dubai – a similar forum for investors was held in China during President Muizzu’s state visit to the country.

The forum saw many Chinese businesses express interest in projects announced by the president.

Source(s): sun.mv

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Malaysian company expresses interest to manage drug rehab centre

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Minister of Homeland Security and Technology Ali Ihusaan has revealed a Malaysian company has expressed interest to establish and operate a drug rehabilitation centre in the Maldives.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to PSM News, Minister Ihusaan stated the Malaysian company which expressed interest to establish and manage a drug rehabilitation centre in Maldives is a multinational company which operates several rehabilitation facilities worldwide. The minister disclosed the company had submitted a proposal expressing interest in the development and operation of a rehabilitation centre, adding that the proposal was submitted at a substantial expense. He revealed that efforts are underway to hold discussions on the proposal and to review other options that ensure the provision of rehabilitation services.

The government opened opportunities for private firms to establish and operate rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in January. The opportunity was in accordance to the Drug Act. Minister Ihusaan expressed confidence that the opportunities given to private firms would increase competitiveness in providing efficient and quality services, therefore providing mutual benefits. The minister hopes that private enterprises will commence offering services in the nation in the near future.

Rehabilitation centres established under the opportunity given by the National Drug Agency (NDA) are to provide a wide range of services to provide treatment to drug addicts. This includes outpatient detoxification services, psychiatric evaluation, counselling services, psychosocial therapy, drug testing and psychological assessments.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Met Maldives predicts heavy rain through Monday

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The Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS) has forecasted heavy rain showers across most parts of the Maldives through June 24. Central and northern atolls are expected to experience significant rainfall and rough seas, while islands in the southern atolls will mostly enjoy fine weather with scattered showers and generally slight seas.

In response to the adverse weather conditions, MMS has issued several alerts, including a recent one for heavy rain and thunderstorms from Haa Alifu Atoll to Baa Atoll. The forecast predicts strong winds ranging from 19-24 miles per hour, with gusts reaching up to 50 miles per hour, resulting in rough sea conditions.

Over the past 24 hours, the Maldives has seen heavy rainfall, with Gaafaru Island in Kaafu Atoll recording the highest amount at 67.6 millimeters. Goidhoo Island in Baa Atoll also experienced significant rainfall, recording 49.4 millimeters.

MMS advises seafarers in the central and northern atolls to exercise caution due to the severe weather conditions. For the next three days, strong winds of 12-22 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, are predicted across the country. The showers are expected to subside by Monday, but strong winds are likely to continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.

Source(s): PsmNews

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Tourism minister announces development plans for abandoned resorts

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Minister of Tourism Ibrahim Faisal has announced strategic decisions to expedite the development of abandoned islands leased for resort development.

In an exclusive interview with PSM News, Minister Faisal revealed that the Economic Council has approved two key measures from a proposal aimed at accelerating the development of these islands.

One approved measure involves reclaiming the islands that have seen no development activity, returning them to the state without any conditions. The tourism ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to negotiate concessions on the substantial fees owed by lessees to the state.

The second measure focuses on finding solutions for islands where development has stalled due to various issues. The tourism ministry will assist in securing the necessary funds or facilitate the sale of these islands to new developers.

The tourism minister emphasised that accelerating the development of these islands will require legal adjustments. He noted that the state incurs significant financial losses when leased islands remain undeveloped.

According to the ministry’s statistics, there are 63 islands leased for resort development that have yet to be developed. Some of these islands have been leased for over 30 years.

The minister also highlighted that more islands will be developed and opened as resorts during this tenure. He projected that 12 to 15 new resorts will be opened over the next five years.

Source(s): PsmNews

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