President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik stressed that the policies to centralize the population needs to be explored further to ensure sustained development in the Maldives.
Speaking to the local media prior to departing to attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio + 20, President Waheed stressed that the assistance of international partners was required in the developmental process of the country.
“One solution to the challenges we face is to centralize communities to more densely population islands and shape our development goals in order to secure a better future for us all,” Waheed added.
President further admitted that water and sanitation systems must be established in every island to ensure development in the Maldives. He added that the means to provide economical electricity to the people must also be sought.
He expressed belief that the Rio +20 conference would yield further benefit and assistance to the country. President pledged efforts to relay the economic and environmental difficulties faced by smaller nations during the conference to heads of larger and more developed countries.
During the trip, President Waheed will be accompanied by First Lady Madam Ilham Hussain, Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb, Economic Minister Ahmed Mohamed, Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Samad Abdulla and Executive Secretary Ali Rasheed.
The summit represented by over 140 nations, would also be participated by businessmen and officials of nongovernmental organizations from the Maldives.
Government Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza stressed that the businessmen and nongovernmental organizations delegation would cover their own expenses.
“Unlike earlier times, given the present dire economic situation the State would only cover the expenses of the government delegation,” Abbas added.
He further revealed that the apart from the delegation from the Maldives, two officials from the Maldives’ Permanent Mission to the United Nations would travel to the Rio + 20 conference.