President meets World Bank delegation, discusses developmental agenda

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has held discussions with a visiting delegation of the World Bank regarding the developmental plans of the administration.

During the meeting held at the President’s Office, President Solih extended his appreciation for the continued engagement of the World Bank with Maldives and support towards the developmental agenda of the administration. The president discussed the decentralisation policy on strengthening local governance and the financial situation of Maldives, especially the challenges of accessing concessional financing for developmental projects. He also noted plans to address the impacts of climate change, highlighting the ambitious pledge of the administration to completely phase-out single-use plastics by 2023.

Discussions at the meeting were also focussed on the efforts of the administration to address the concerns of vulnerable communities; ensuring social protection, providing access to better healthcare and creating jobs and educational opportunities for all. Deliberations were also held on the aspiring social housing policy and addressing income and wealth distribution.

The World Bank delegation shared information about their recent visit to Addu City, which they noted was very successful and productive. They also commended the forward-looking governance policies of the administration, developmental agenda and noted that the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) of the administration is ambitious and promising.

The meeting concluded with both sides resolving to work closely in the future, with the World Bank delegation assuring their commitment for continued engagement with Maldives.