Transparency Maldives kicks off second National Symposium on Decentralisation

Transparency Maldives has kicked off the second National Symposium on Decentralisation.

The two-day symposium is held in Kurumba Maldives with the participation from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Local Government Authority (LGA) and President's Office.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the symposium, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer reiterated the commitment of the administration to empower local communities by focusing on implementing meaningful fiscal decentralisation in particular. In this regard, Minister Ameer mentioned fiscal decentralisation proposals including allocation of 5% from the state budget and a proportion of land rent to local councils will be implemented to alleviate the resource gap.

The symposium is participated by international experts as well as representatives from local councils. The aim of the symposium is to provide a platform to discuss issues in relevance seeking positive outcomes, according to Transparency Maldives.

During the inauguration ceremony, the finance minister unveiled the Review of the Decentralisation Framework in Maldives compiled by Transparency Maldives.

Technical support for the symposiums is provided by European Union and International Republic Institute, according to Transparency Maldives.