MVR 100 million from this year’s budget for state travels according to statistics from Finance Ministry.
The weekly report from the ministry revealed that the government has spent 72% of the allocated budget of MVR 141.9 million for travel expenses so far this year.
While several ministers have travelled abroad for state visits, the majority of the travelling budget was spent by the foreign minister Abdulla Shahid for his travels. Since being appointed as the foreign minister, Minister Shahid has travelled to India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, United States, Argentina, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Romania and Sri Lanka to gather financial aid for the development projects planned by the government.
Minister Shahid is currently in Mauritius with Sports minister, Ahmed Mahloof to gather support for Maldives bid to host the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in 2023 and to observe the ongoing IOIG events. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had also been in Mauritius to observe the event.