President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih discussed his government's developmental plans for Maldives with a visiting delegation of the World Bank on Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting held at the President’s Office, President Solih shed light on the administration's decentralisation policy and the financial situation of the country, highlighting the challenges of accessing concessional financing for developmental projects. He further noted plans to combat the impacts of climate change, reiterating Maldives' ambitious pledge to phase-out single-use plastics by 2023.
According to the President's Office, the president and WHO also spoke about the government's efforts to address concerns of vulnerable communities, ensuring social protection, providing access to better healthcare, and creating jobs and educational opportunities. The president also discussed the administration's social housing policy and addressing income and wealth distribution.
The World Bank delegation in turn shared information about their recent visit to Addu City, which they noted was fruitful and productive. The delegation further commended the government's forward-looking governance policies and developmental agenda, and noted that its Strategic Action Plan is ambitious and promising.
President Solih extended his gratitude to the World Bank for its continued support towards the administration’s developmental agenda. The World Bank assured that the organisation remained committed to working closely with the island nation.