The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology has signed an agreement with Microsoft to implement secure cloud connectivity and a digital collaboration platform for the Maldives public sector using Microsoft 365.
The three-year agreement was signed in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday by Environment Minister Aminath Shauna.
During the ceremony, Minister Shauna commended the Microsoft team for their efforts in bringing its digital services to the Maldives. She also remarked that for a small island nation, combining all governmental administration duties under a single digital platform would be beneficial. She went on to say that Microsoft cloud connectivity will be important in consolidating all of the work done by government institutions on residential islands into a single platform.
Furthermore, Shauna stated that a digital infrastructure is required to properly carry out the duties of government institutions, which she described as requiring not only the introduction of new technologies but also the adaptation of workers and the work culture of government institutions to the digital infrastructure.
She also added that as part of the National Resilience and Recovery Plan, the government has focused on enhancing work done by government institutions through digital transformation, as well as decentralising governmental activity to allow for work from home.