Government’s decentralization governance will enable residents to direct the development of their island, according to the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated in his keynote address at the opening session of the ‘Decentralisation Policy Coordination Conference’ today, that the current decentralised system of governance has empowered and enabled residents to take ownership, control, and direct the development of their islands.
The new amendments to the Decentralisation Act includes several stipulations describing the role of councillors in this new system. It empowers Councillors with the financial independence and support framework required for the development and prosperity of the islands, cities and atolls they represent. He stated that the government would provide any technical assistance required by the councils to carry out their plans, highlighting the importance of all government institutions supporting the councils.
President further highlighted that the Act now mandates a quota for female representation in electoral posts. He stated that these reforms would streamline governance and create noticeable positive changes throughout the nation and equal opportunities for everyone.
The ‘Decentralisation Policy Coordination Conference’ is a two-day conference held in collaboration with the Local Government Authority (LGA), International Republican Institute (IRI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).