Former President Mohamed Nasheed met members of the Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM) this morning, according to the former president’s office.
Members of LAM informed the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate of challenges facing the safari boat industry and discussed issues such as boundary regulations and unavailability of secure docking facilities.
Nasheed informed the LAM representatives of policies concerning liveaboard tourism in the MDP manifesto (Dhivehi) and pledged efforts by the government to strengthen and grow the local boat building industry.
The former president also met employees of safari vessels and discussed their concerns with worker’s rights. Former President Nasheed said that an MDP government would establish a minimum wage of MVR4,500 (US$292) per month and strengthen existing mechanisms to protect the rights of Maldivian workers.