27 December 2007

1000 islands, 1000 opportunities



Often we are bombarded with messages stating, we do not have any natural resources and therefore we are poor. Just because we do not have oil does not mean we lack natural resources to move our economy forward. When you think of it, the 1000 more islands are the natural resources we have. We are using less than 150 islands for industrial purposes. The rest is untouched and unused.

Tourism has shown that each island can be turned into multi million dollar cash generating investments. However, the problem is policy makers seems unable to think beyond tourism. Policies in assigning islands for industrial purposes need to be reviewed and prevent over concentration on tourism in a single atoll.

Within the atolls (including Kaafu and other atolls that has high concentration of tourism), islands can be leased to fisheries, agriculture, education, health, and many more other industries and make them easily accessible for people to go for jobs or to acquire goods and services. Building the best hospital, best college, best school, best hotel, best shoping complex, just in one tiny over crowded island does not make any sense. If the reason is concentration of all skilled labour in Male’, at least a nearby islands with boarding facilities could have been chosen to setup the best of the best to ease up the situation.
Just because all the islands that are nearby Male’, are resorts, there is no reason to cram everything into this tiny place. Resorts can be taken and used for other purposes just like k. villingli has been used. Even better option is to spread such services across the country in selected uninhabited islands and provide easy accessibility.

6 comments:

Medical Investigator said...

We do have natural resources....they are few however. We could have a better socio-economic situation if we optimize the use of the resources that we do have; land, women and youth.

Of the 1% of our country that is land, less than half is used at all for the good of the people!!!!

Hammett said...

great ideas... only the government doesn't realize it... and people voices.. this kind of voice dosen't come up in those rallies... cheers!

Muna said...

dear medical investigator. thanks for your coment. a friend of mine said cliton was so surprised that we have so much untapped resources (islands). for a visionary its not hard to see the potential. but...

subcorpus said...

if you look at the published reports ... especially national master plans ... you would see that these things are all in there ...
it doesnt take a rocket scientist (or an ex-world leader) to know simple economics ... maximization of available resources ...
just dunno why its fails to materialize after the it reaches a certain point ...
good luck to us ...

Muna said...

subcorpus. since you mentionted plans..agreed. collect all the plans that have been published and see each page and see whether acativities were implimented.. you will see another 1000 long list broken promises

Anonymous said...

The blind pple cant see the resources we do have. We are blind coz we are borne to be blind. The schools don’t teach subjects like entrepreneurship, our minds are corrupted. These things are planned. Last few decades we always hear (waseesaithah madhu) only. Our country has many but unfortunately the politicians cant realize it or they don’t want be realize.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi