Vice President Attends Certificate Awarding Ceremony of Dhiraagu Apprentice Programme 2011

Attending the certificate awarding ceremony of Dhiraagu Apprentice Programme 2011, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has commended Dhiraagu for its successful and exemplary apprenticeship programmes accustom youth to the workplace.

Dhiraagu Apprentice Programme is a key initiative under its youth development programme to support the positive development and provide opportunities for Maldivian youth to gain structured training and work experience at Dhiraagu.

The Vice President said apprenticeship opportunities for youth, such as the one by Dhiraagu, was vital to prepare them for the competitive job market and shape their career.

He underlined the importance of developing human resources to tap the advantages of changing societies and business organisations with the changing context of media.

He said the world and the country were more interconnected as we were undergoing democratic transformations, and therefore, opportunities available through new forms of media should be used to develop a ‘new awareness of rights’ in a new democracy.

Highlighting the importance of developing necessary skills to achieve sustainable development, the Vice President said talent would be the most precious and most scarce resource for the economy of the future.

The Vice President also acknowledged the work of other apprentice programs undertake by resorts and other projects carried throughout the country for young people to find employment.

Vice President calls for a concerted effort to curb street violence : Miadhu News

Referring to the recent incidents of gang fights and street violence in Malé, Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has called for a concerted effort to curb street violence and make Malé and other islands safe for all.

He made the call in his remarks at a ceremony held at Hulhumalé Hospital this afternoon to inaugurate the new intensive care unit (ICU) established at the hospital.

Dr Waheed noted that a number of patients who require intensive critical care were those injured in street violence and other gang-linked fights.

Speaking on the government’s efforts to contain and reduce violence on the streets, he highlighted the work he was doing in his capacity as the Vice President and in the cabinet sub committee on the issue.

In this regard, he underscored the need to keep criminals and convicts in detention to reduce violence and gang fights, and said significant improvements have been made to prisons to increase security and space.

ICU at Hulhumalé Hospital was established with the assistance from the government of Pakistan.

In his remarks, the Vice President also highlighted the need to provide essential and emergency care for critically ill patients and said the service would reduce the number patients who were referred to Malé from Hulhumalé for critical care.

Reference: Miadhu News

Vice President pre-inaugurates Science Exhibition


Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today participated in the pre-inaugural ceremony of Science Exhibition 2010. The ceremony was held this evening at Aminiya School.

At the ceremony, the Vice President launched teaching aids donation programme by presenting teaching aids to Aminiya School. The programme is initiated by Maldives National Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Holiday Inn Malé.

Speaking at the function, Dr Waheed said he was “encouraged” that the private sector took the initiative, and expressed hope that this fair would help students to me more motivated to learn science.

He also said teachers must encourage a more inquiry-based learning for students and that it should be applied not only to science subjects but to all subjects.

Science Exhibition 2010 will be held in June this year.

Vice President urges all business organisations to fulfil their corporate social responsibility


Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has urged all business organizations in the Maldives to give a special importance to fulfilling their corporate social responsibility.

Speaking at the 15th anniversary function of Male’ Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC), Vice President said, as the largest water provider in the country, the company was undertaking a noble responsibility.

The Vice President called on the company to give a special importance to fulfil its corporate social responsibility, and the greater benefit of the people, while working to maximise its profit. He also said special consideration should be given to make necessities such as clean drinking water more affordable and accessible for the less fortunate in the country.

At the function, the Vice President highlighted the importance of clean drinking water for the health and well-being of the people, and international political issues that arise as a result of lack of clean drinking water.

He further said since the access to clean drinking water and adequate sewerage facilities was a Constitutional right of the Maldivians, it was a duty of the state to ensure the availability of these services for all.

Dr Waheed noted that during the past 15 years, MWSC had been able to provide clean drinking water to half of the entire population.

Speaking on the establishment of provincial utilities companies to provide utilities such as water and sewerage systems, Vice President Dr Waheed said the government established these companies to fast track the provision on water to the rest of the population. He appealed to these companies not to detract from this goal.

During the last evening’s function held at Fen Building, Vice President Dr Waheed also distributed the annual employee awards of the company.

Donor Conference Run by Dr. Waheed raises $313 Million Dollars


International community have pledged US$313 million of financial assistance over the next three years to the Maldives in a strong vote of confidence for the government and its ability to implement its policies and deliver its pledges.

At the end of this administration’s first donor conference, representatives from donor countries and multilateral organisations tied up the amount towards budgetary support and government’s priority areas.

These priority areas are closely linked to the conference’s key themes of macro economic reform, public sector reform, good governance, social development and climate change.

Speaking to the press following the conference President Mohamed Nasheed said this was a tremendous achievement for the Maldives and a strong vote of confidence for the government.

He said this assistance would help the government implement its policies and deliver its election pledges.

During the proceedings of the two day conference held at the Bandos Island Resort and Spa, representatives of donor countries and international organisations praised the Maldives’ smooth transition to democracy, government’s sound economic reform measures and proposed development policies. In particular donor countries commended the government’s openness, transparency and the candid nature with which they discussed the challenges faced by the Maldives.

Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed, in making his concluding remarks of the conference, expressed his gratitude for the participants of the conference for the confidence they have shown in the country.

He said “We were elected by the people on the basis of a series of key pledges and to bring social change and democratic reform to a country reeling from the impact of economic mismanagement, authoritarianism and the global recession.”

Dr Waheed said the pledges that were made over the two days of conference demonstrated the donor community’s commitment to the Maldives and the government’s strong democratic mandate.

He further added “there is an abundance of goodwill and more assistance will be forthcoming with more follow up from our side.”