Maldives Pres pledges creating 600K new jobs by 2023

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has pledged to create 600,000 new job opportunities in the country by 2023 should the public decide to re-elect him for a second term.

While addressing to the questions at the presidential debate hosted by Maldives National University (MNU); where he spoke without the presence of opposition candidate, president Abdulla Yameen claimed he will create the said amount of new jobs bringing about a 'revolutionary change to Maldives economy.'

Maldives president claimed he will introduce a total of 663,000 new job opportunities by 2023.

"If my 'transformation package' continues at this pace, then I promise to create 663,000 new job opportunities in Maldives by 2023," president Yameen responded.

Highlighting employment statistics, president Yameen noted back in 2011 a total of 110,000 job opportunities were present in Maldives with an 11% unemployment rate.

However, in 2014 and in 2015 the job opportunities were increased to 153,000 while subsequently reducing unemployment rate to 5.2%, according to the incumbent president.

While Maldives president has pledged to introduce more than 600,000 new jobs, the island nation's population with inclusion of children is currently hitting around 400,000.