President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Thursday, asserted that offering more executive roles to Maldivians was crucial in initiating progress within the tourism industry.
Speaking at the Tourism Day 2019 Gala Night held at Crossroads Maldives, the president emphasized the importance of increasing the number of jobs offered to locals and revealed the government's plans to drastically increase the percentage.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih noted that the theme for World Tourism Day 2019, 'Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future For All', indicated the neccesity of planning tourism activities in a manner that generated greater economic benefits for Maldivians. He added that the theme also demonstrated how closely tourism is intertwined with our livelihoods.
President Solih added that current progression of the tourism industry is being driven via investor confidence created by the restoration of internal stability following the 2018 Presidential Elections.
Furthermore, the president revealed that the new Tourism Master Plan, a developmental roadmap intended to guide pragmatic progression of the industry, was close to completion.
Stressing the importance of maintaining a steady workforce in bringing about national progress, President Solih noted that minimum wages would be implemented across the nation in 2020.
The president also reiterated the government's prioritization of youth employment, highlighting that the administration's recently announced Strategic Action Plan (SAP) detailed development targets set for five priority areas; Blue Economy, Caring State, Dignified Families, 'Jazeera Dhiriulhun', and Good Governance.