The Alliance of Small Island States calls for revision of eligibility criteria for concessional financing: Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim

April 24, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), highlighted that most Small Island Developing States (SIDS) do not fit into the traditional development models, and remain trapped in the middle-income trap. The Maldives, is serving its fourth year as Chair of AOSIS.

SIDS are also seeing reversal in development gains due to external shocks, and environmental degradation caused by climate change. And thus, as countries that have structural vulnerabilities, there is a need to revisit the idea of gross income levels as sole indicators of development assistance, stated the Minister.

Minister Asim, welcomed the third ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development followup, and highlighted several important issues for SIDS, such as high debt burdens, and decline in correspondent banking relationships.

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development is being held from 23-26 April 2018. Minister Asim is taking part in the Ministerial Segment of the Forum.

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Minister Asim meets with several Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

April 24, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim has met today with several Permanent Representatives in New York today, to discuss issues of mutual interest, especially with regard to the United Nations Security Council. The Maldives is campaigning for support in its bid to become a member of the Council for the term 2019-2020.

Minister Asim is visiting New York to participate in the High Level Meeting on Peace building and Sustaining Peace hosted by the President of the General Assembly, as well as the Ministerial segment of the Economic and Social Commission’s Forum on Financing for Development.

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Minister Asim highlights role of UN in making lending environment more hospitable to small States

April 24, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamed Asim, highlighted the challenges faced in leveraging appropriate sources of financing for SIDS, where domestic resource mobilisation is limited. Speaking at the Ministerial Roundtables at the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, the Minister highlighted that full collaboration and good faith is necessary between all countries to achieve the transformative changes envisioned in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Minister Asim is taking part in the Ministerial Segment of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development, taking place from 23-26 April 2018.

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President meets with the first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has met with the first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University (MNU), Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali, this morning at the President’s Office.

Both Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali pursued their Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the area of education. Dr. Suneena Rasheed completed her PhD studies on a Presidential Scholarship.

During today’s meeting, the President expressed his appreciation for the continued invaluable services by Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali, and requested them to always uphold the Islamic values and to put the nation forward. The President also advised them never to let foreigners to intervene in our domestic affairs President Yameen further wished a prosperous future to Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali.

The first PhD graduates from the Maldives National University (MNU), Dr. Suneena Rasheed and Dr. Aishath Ali expressed their gratitude to the President.

At the meeting, Chancellor of the Maldives National University Dr. Mohamed Latheef assured the President of the numerous measures taken to ensure the quality of the PhD program conducted in MNU.

The Government of Maldives is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure free and fair elections

April 19, 2018

The Government, however, sadly notes that while the Government had presented the progress of the implementation process since 2014this was largely disregarded in the report.

As conveyed to the EFM team in January, the Government is working with the relevant stakeholders, to incorporate the recommendations made by the European Union Elections Observation Mission of 2014. As such, a Draft Bill consisting of the changes being brought to the electoral framework has been formulated, in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

This Draft Bill will aim to establish clear demarcations of functions between the Elections Commission, Anti-corruption Commission, Prosecutor General’s Office and the Maldives Police Service, as well as incorporate the 16-pointer guideline issued by the Supreme Court of Maldives in 2013, pertaining to voter registration. The Draft Bill also addresses election offences and proposes to penalize additional offences related to elections. Additionally, the Bill sets forth specific timelines for registration and re-registration of voters, and for the Elections Commission to publicize the voters list. It will further propose guidelines to ensure that the campaign finances are accounted for and are in the interest of allowing a fair campaign ground for all candidates and establish guidelines to be followed by media in allocating campaign time slots.

The religion of the State of the Maldives is Islam and Islam shall be the basis of all the laws of the Maldives. Therefore, as reiterated on a number of occasions, the Government of Maldives will not entertain any recommendation calling for the review or the revision of Article 9 and Article 73 of the Constitution of the Republic of Maldives.

Furthermore, the Government notes with concern that the report contains misconstrued facts with regard to the 1st February Order of the Supreme Court and that the report has failed to take into consideration the events that followed.

The Elections Commission, on 22nd February 2018, has begun the preparations for the Presidential Elections to be held this year. The Government encourages all relevant stakeholders to offer the Elections Commission their full, unreserved support for the conduct of their work. The Government would also like to reiterate its call of 22nd February 2018, publicly inviting all international stakeholders to observe the electoral process.