President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, revealed that the percentage of lowest income earners is greater outside the capital city of Male'.
Speaking at a conference hosted in Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaalu Atoll, by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), the President disclosed certain statistics from the report compiled prior to the implementation of a minimum wage.
As per Maldivian standards, poverty is defined as earning an income below MVR 74 per day.
President Solih stated that the percentage of individuals that did not earn this sum in the capital was 1.7 compared to 12.8 percent for other areas in Maldives.
The president expressed the need to eliminate the aforementioned disparity in order to attain further progress.
He highlighted that over MVR 200 million from the 2020 State Budget was allocated for development projects in Haa Dhaalu Atoll and Haa Alifu Atoll, leading to the creation of several jobs.
Leading MDP members including cabinet ministers and parliamentarians representing the party attended the conference.