The Maldives government has said that the island nation’s economy is recovering faster than expected
The Maldives government has said that the island nation’s economy is recovering faster than expected.
Speaking at the virtual press conference at the President’s Office, spokesperson at the President’s Office, Mohamed Mabrook Azeez, said the Maldives was undergoing the worst economic downfall experienced in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Maldives economy had plummeted about 26 to 29 percent in the last year, he was quoted by Avas.mv newspaper.
However, he said, the nation had generated more revenue than it had initially predicted for in the first quarter of the fiscal year of 2021.
He credited borders re-opening, as well as the rapid vaccination rates around the world, for the quick recovery.
Azeez also said that as recently as last November, the government had predicted that the Maldives would only see about 600,000 arrivals in 2021.
However, he added, with the current trajectory, the Ministry of Tourism anticipates that over a million tourists will visit the Maldives this year. This, he said, would help the economy recover fast.