President Yameen has been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award last night in the Human Resource development (HRD) Awards 2017. This award was accepted by the Ambassador of Maldives to Malaysia H.E. Mohamed Fahumy at the ceremony held in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred on individuals who have either promoted the cause of learning or pioneered initiatives that have impacted people in a significant manner.
The Award was conferred on the President in recognition of his tireless and endless efforts and contributions to the nation-building and people development, and for the strength and support extended to professionals in the field of HRD.
In a message delivered at the ceremony in absentia, President Yameen thankfully accepted the Award on behalf of the people of the Maldives, stressing that The Award is an acknowledgment of collective success. He highlighted that the recently achieved milestones are in fact the result of many sacrifices made to attain a better future. The president also mentioned that this award will be a source of encouragement and stand as an incentive to upscale innovative change and development in the Maldives.
“Today, in conferring this Award, you are, in fact, honouring my people, their resolve, their achievements.”
Speaking about the development plan of the Government of Maldives, the President highlighted on transforming the economy by transcending challenges and tapping into areas where the Maldives has comparative advantages. The President noted that at nearly USD 8000, the GDP per capita of the Maldives is the highest in the South Asia region, concluding that this is a significant increase from under USD 200, 50 years ago.
In his speech President Yameen encouraged the youth community of the Maldives to seize each and every opportunity that presents in order to explore and achieve their dreams. He mentioned that the developmental projects undertaken by the government will create over 90,000 job opportunities for the youth and will be conducive to achieving the overarching target of doubling the per capita income in 5 years. He also outlined the vision for a more prosperous and harmonious Maldives with greater international leverage, where its people are independent, empowered and self-sufficient.