Former President Mohamed Nasheed has called upon larger governments to open their borders for smaller island nations.
Speaking at a Commonwealth Enterprises and Investment Council’s tourism webinar, the Mr. Nasheed, the incumbent Speaker of Maldivian Parliament made the statement calling for rich and large nations to assist small nations.
He further called to repeal restrictive measures taken by governments controlling and restricting travel between countries; imposed by governments to control the spread of the pandemic.
Explaining the predicament that Maldives is currently in he stated the country cannot back up from the economic pitfall just from the foreign aids and the country’s reserve. With almost 70% of the country’s GDP dependent of tourism, the closure of resorts and ban on tourist arrivals is and would have dire consequences on the economy that cannot be seen, he states.
Alongside the Speaker of Parliament, Tourism Minister Ali Waheed also participated in the virtual meeting.