Youth unemployment in Maldives to be resolved

Ministers of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail and Minister of Youth, Sports Community Empowerment, Ahmed Mahloof | Photo: Ahmed Mahloof

Male’, Maldives – An MoU, aiming to undertake tasks in line with the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) of the current administration has been signed between the Economic Ministry and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment of Maldives.

The MoU was signed by Ministers of the respective Ministries, Fayyaz Ismail, and Ahmed Mahloof.

According to the agreement, issues hindering the development of the country’s youth will be addressed with the Ministry of Economic Development, and that Ministries will be exchanging assistance in achieving the goals of the government.

In order to carry out the tasks, a committee is to be formed which would consist members of both Ministries and will be carrying out:

  • Surveys to determine the issues faced by the youth residing in atolls and populous parts of the country, to determine activities to be carried out in the Ministries.
  • Formulation of Action plans to solve issues of youth unemployment.
  • Activities to promote employment and entrepreneurship among youth.
  • Activities to make services of the Job Center available for vulnerable female and male youth, in association with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Higher Education of Maldives.
  • Activities to coordinate inclusion of youth at risk, in the career portal of the Ministry of Economic Development.
  • Activities to establish a system to economically empower youth, by repurposing youth centers into innovative labs.

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment was established by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on 17th November 2018, tasked with implementing policies with regard to community empowerment, youth and sports development, aiming to nurture a generation of productive young leaders, revitalize communities and promote sports as an essential tool for nation-building.

The Ministry of Economic Development, on the other hand, is tasked with formulation of economic and trade policies, regulation of trade and investment in areas other than tourism related investment, and the economic development of the country through regulation and promotion of trade and investment (other than tourism investment) immigration and emigration, labour, maritime and land transport Sectors.