President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Sunday announced plans to lease five more lagoons from Kaafu Atoll for tourism development.
Speaking to residents of Maafushi island during the ceremony to mark the completion of the island's beach protection project, he vowed to lease five more lagoons should he be reelected for a second term in the upcoming Presidential Election.
In his address, Yameen declared that the new venture would produce more job opportunities in the region.
Stating that the government wished to bring greater development and richness to Maafushi, the president vowed to increase the island's land area should he be reelected.
He urged the people to consider well, and elect a leader that could bring them the desired progress.
While the president is planning to lease more lagoons for tourism, the government has already awarded the lagoon of Emboodhoo in Kaafu Atoll for 50 years, with the development of nine resorts already underway.
The president is currently on a one-day official trip to islands of Thulusdhoo, Maafushi and Guraidhoo. He earlier inaugurated the new harbour of Thulusdhoo, and is scheduled to inaugurate Guraidhoo's clean drinking water services before returning to the capital later.