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Government gears up to host 'Maldives Partnership Forum'

Ahmed Aiham
13 June 2019, MVT 20:52
The briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for officials from the Diplomatic Corps regarding the Maldives Partnership Forum. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Ahmed Aiham
13 June 2019, MVT 20:52

The Maldivian government will host the country's largest multilateral gathering of international development partners at the 'Maldives Partnership Forum' from June 17-18, at Kurumba Resort.

The gathering will be inaugurated by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The Partnership Forum is to be hosted under the theme, 'Investing in a Resilient and Sustainable Maldives', and will mark the first occasion in a decade that the country has invited close bilateral and multilateral partners to deliberate on the direction of government and its main priorities.

During the Forum, details of upcoming projects carried out under the government's 100-day pledges as well as projects relating to governance reform, blue economy, healthcare, education and housing will be shared with partner countries and institutions. The purpose of circulating this information is facilitating the successful implementation of the government's agenda by collecting crucial information, resources, expertise and capacity.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, five panel discussions will take place during the event, including:

1. Macroeconomic and fiscal overview - providing "information on the present economic and fiscal situation in the country"

2. Blue Economy - "addressing inclusivity and sustainability in economic development"

3. Enhancing Social Outcomes - "investing in healthcare, education...culture, youth and gender issues"

4. Building Robust Institutions - "addressing governance and justice"

5. Partnering with the private sector for development - "how the private sector can play a part in the Government’s development agenda"

The forum is co-hosted by both Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, and Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer, and is a part of the 100-day pledges of President Solih.

Various agreements are expected to be signed at the end of the Forum.

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