Male, Maldives – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it has appointed five new Joint Secretaries to the ministry.
The announcement which was made on Monday, revealed that that three out of the five appointees were female. With this, the percentage of female Joint Secretaries of the Ministry has increased to 62%.
Congratulating the five new secretaries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid welcomed the new appointees, highlighting the increase in female representation and described it as the result of efforts to encourage more women to serve in top positions at the ministry.
Warm congratulations to the five newly appointed Joint Secretaries at @MoFAmv.
Very pleased to note that with these appointments, 62 % of Joint Secretaries in the Ministry are women – a result of our efforts to encourage more women in leadership positions in the Ministry!
— Abdulla Shahid (@abdulla_shahid) August 10, 2020
The five individuals previously served as Director Generals prior to their latest appointment.
All newly appointed Joint Secretaries have attained Master’s Degrees and have served in the foreign ministry for more than a decade, with some individuals having served for 20 years.
The position of Director General was abolished after the five individuals were promoted.
The ministry also noted that joint secretaries are not entitled to allowances granted under civil service regulations. Therefore, the five newly appointed joint secretaries will receive a lower overall amount as take-home pay.
Source: The Edition