President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has been able to continue work this year on 154 of the 372 projects initiated since assuming office.

He made this statement this morning in his address to the nation in commemoration of the Maldives’ 53rd Republic Day.

President Solih acknowledged that the pandemic has forced the country to revise its economic forecasts and reprioritize the projects contained in its Strategic Action Plan.

However, through a streamlined budget next year, the Government endeavors to deliver on its major pledges.

He listed decentralizing the country, ensuring infrastructural progress, high-quality basic services nationwide, upholding human rights, and protecting the environment as key priorities.

The President reiterated his pledge to eliminate single-use plastic in the Maldives by the year 2023.

Further, he pledged that the Government would continue in its efforts to provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the pandemic, as part of its broader efforts to restore and revitalize the economy.