Local involvement key to sustainable development, says President

President Mohamed Nasheed has claimed that the involvement of local people in development was key to ensuring sustainable development in the country.

During a campaign visit to Vilufushi in Thaa Atoll yesterday, Nasheed said developing islands required people to make their opinions heard, which could only be achieved through having an island council “backed by the people.”

As one of the islands most impacted by the 2004 tsunami, Nasheed said promised the government would build houses on the island under both the tsunami housing project and the government’s housing programme.

He also noted the introduction of telemedicine services on the island.