Maldives VP urges better utilization of opportunities

Maldives Vice President Faisal Naseem called on the international community on Tuesday, February 14, to better use the available opportunities and resources to achieve the “future we want for our citizens”.

Addressing the “Future of Work” forum held as part of the World Government Summit 2023, Naseem stated that world leaders need to facilitate a better future by enhancing and transforming governance systems to match the “future of work”.

The World Government Summit commenced on February 13 and will end on 15. The summit is held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE.

In his address, the Maldives Vice President discussed various issues, the world faced currently. He also outlined the need for “swift action and concerted efforts” to develop new solutions that would ensure a better future.

Governments in today’s globalized world are confronted with several cross-cutting issues such as economic volatility, unfavorable demographic trends, and climate change. Naseem stressed that good governance is one of the main challenges both developing and developed countries still faced.

Naseem also emphasized that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration considers democratic governance, institutional reform, and modernization of the public sector as the key pillars of development and growth. He also added that the development of human and social capital, attaining sustainable development, providing sustainable social housing, modernizing transportation infrastructure, and improving regional connections are all essential in the country’s development.

The World Government Summit for this year is themed “Shaping Future Governments”. VP Naseem called the theme ‘timely’ and said that it resonated with the sentiments of a world transformed by a global pandemic. He further added that the pandemic compelled governments to reorient government models and introduce creative policies and technologies through accelerating government service innovation to overcome the challenges.

The Maldives VP also said that the Covid pandemic had significant impact on the realization of virtual societies’ importance and the healthcare system’s transformation. Naseem noted that remote working had become more normalized to a greater extent with the increased adaptation of the remote work model.

The combination of nature, technology, and infrastructure, the Maldives is becoming a hub for digital nomads and remote workers according to Naseem.

In light with President Solih’s digitalization policy, Naseem announced that the Maldives will launch the One-Gov services in March 2023. This new service will complement the existing “Gov.Mv” platform which facilitates more accessible digital communication between government agencies and the public.