Maldives as a country with a unique demography, has faced numerous challenges in emerging into the twenty first century as a growing economy independent of neighboring nations. The population of the country is scattered into over a hundred islands. While in some islands there is a relatively large population, there are islands with trifling populations. The stark differences in population dispersion in such an unbalanced manner has made it nearly impossible to bring equal social and economic opportunities to all people of Maldives. But the current president of Maldives, his excellency president Abdullah Yamin is determined to face this challenge head-on with strong, decisive and precise policy level solutions.
The president’s vision for a future Maldives is based on consolidation of population into urban centers in various parts of the nation. The main urban center will be in greater Male’ area. The linkage between Hulhumale’ and Male’ would create a city that would accommodate at least 300 thousand people in the future creating more economic possibilities for entrepreneurs while easing provision of services and management of government bureaucracy. But the most important and essential targets of Hulhumale’-Male’ linkage and various undertakings of urbanization in the area is decongestion and decontamination of Male’ but that would be a topic for a whole other essay in the near future.
But president Yamin’s vision is not confined to Male’ or greater Male’ area. Hundreds of infrastructure revival programs are being conducted in Atolls across the country, with a central importance designated to some specific islands such as Gdh.Thinadhoo in the south and Hdh.Kulhudhuhfushi in the north. It is a clear indication that the urbanization and infrastructural development is not being limited to a certain area of the country. President Yamin’s vision is to give the people of Maldives options regarding where and how the people choose to live.
Until 2008 the former government under president Maumoon pursued a population consolidation policy without much success. The reasons for the failure of consolidation policies back then vary from economic to social. Under president Nasheed population consolidation policies were abandoned, and the economy suffered heavy losses. The difference between former leaders of Maldives and president Yamin is rather simple, he understands the economics behind population consolidation. He is creating economic incentives both in Male’ area and other urban centers for people to migrate into these communities.
Until 2008 the former government under president Maumoon pursued a population consolidation policy without much success. The reasons for the failure of consolidation policies back then vary from economic to social. Under president Nasheed population consolidation policies were abandoned, and the economy suffered heavy losses.
President Yamin is inspiring to the nation of Maldives and non-Maldivians as well because of his ability to provide the people of his nation with hope. Today Maldivians know that they could provide healthcare without being dependent on a neighboring nation. Today Maldivians know that they could revive the crumbling infrastructure without waiting for a foreign organization’s help. We as Maldivians have discovered countless possibilities of economic prosperity and social wellbeing in the few years of president Yamin’s leadership.
Today as a young Maldivian, I am inspired to challenge every obstacle I face, as an individual, while holding my head high. Today my president is facing huge, numerous and complicated challenges, both external and internal whilst not giving up on us, our prospects and our future. President Yamin and his population consolidation policies, maybe our last hope to have a more equal society, with everyone having same access to public services and economic opportunities. Hence President Yamin is inspiring and he is the hope of this nation!