Ali HAMEED, National Executive Committee Member, the Republican Party, Maldives gave speech in the seminar
A former Maldives senior official said here Monday that the much-anticipated 21st Century Maritime Silk Road would contribute to both trade and culture exchange between his country and China.
As a country that relies on foreign imports for almost all aspects of life,"China and especially the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, proposed by President Xi Jinping peaks our interest highly, both as a nation and as a partner in trade,"said Ali Hameed, former vice foreign minister of the Maldives.
The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is a cooperation initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Indonesia last October.
The Maritime Silk Road dates back to as early as 2,000 years ago, when ancient merchants sailed from China's eastern coast, passing Southeast Asia, South Asia and East Africa, all the way to the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, strengthening economic ties and cultural communications.
Hameed told an international seminar on South Asia development held here that the Maritime Silk Road development would provide a great opportunity for maritime trade and transportation between all Asian countries. "Looking away from a purely economic standpoint, the Silk Road I hope will also be a platform to exchange cultural values as well as be an asset for academic and research orientated initiatives, whereby both countries can share expertise,"he said. "I believe strongly, that the time is ripe for the ancient Silk Route to be reborn again and to develop a bridge of connectivity, friendship and mutual development for China and the Maldives,"he added.
According to Hameed, also a member of the National Executive Committee of the Republican Party of the Maldives, Chinese tourists are now the biggest demographic group seen to be enjoying the beautiful islands of his country.
Last year, more than 284,000 Chinese tourists visited the Maldives, accounting for almost 31 percent of the total tourist arrivals, he said. "It is my sincere hope, that this trend of increasing travel becomes a mutual exchange, with the introduction of the Silk Road, a necessary development where tourists are also offered more opportunities to come and experience this beautiful country," he said.
Ali HAMEED, National Executive Committee Member, the Republican Party, Maldives
l3th March 2012-till Date: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives
Reports Directly to Minister of Foreign Affairs
May 2006 - l2th March 2012: Villa Hakatha Pvf Ltd
Reported Directly to the Chairman
lst February 2006 - l8th April 2006: Lucky Hiya Pvt Ltd.
Reporting directly to the Managing Director
30th May 2002- 2lst September 2003: Co-Load Maldives-Colour Bank Pvt Ltd
Reported directly to the Managing Director
20th September 2004 to l5th January 2006
Completed a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), from
“University of the Sunshine Coast”, Australia
20th September 2004 to l5th June 2005
Completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)
from “systematic college”, Malaysia: an affiliated program of the
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Australia.
30th May 2000 to 27th February 2002
Comp|eted a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business Studies (HND); a
program of Ed-Excel Britain; from “Institute Technology Pertama'' (ITP),
Participated in an International Conference on Antipiracy; Enhancing Public
- Private Partnerships and strengthening Global Engagement.
Participated in an International conference on; Peoples Empowerment and
Development; a UN mandatory conference passed by a resolution of the General Assembly.
Participated in a fair on Environment Friendly Products, organized by the
Ministry of Trade in association with Maldives chamber of Commerce (MNCCI)