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Maldives Government & ICT 2020: still in chaos

Digital is the new normal. Our society has changed drastically in recent years (and months) due to digitisation (and Covid-19), but the government(s) has not always followed suit. It is clear to us that every citizen must be able to communicate with the government digitally and that unnecessary administrative obligation is thereby abolished. In this way, we can also further reduce the government burden. To prepare children for the digital future, we want every child to learn to program. Not everyone is equally familiar with the digital world therefore ‘Technophobes’ must also be able to continue to use the services of the government.

Many government IT projects are ‘unnecessary or unnecessarily large’. Ministries lack knowledge of the matter and too often ‘expensive external parties’ are hired to get things going.


Our government is still too big and unwieldy. Services that do not communicate with each other, documents that you have to send over and over, simple documents for which you still have to go to a counter, even basic emails often don’t work… It causes frustration, delays and expensive government administration. We must seize the opportunities that digitisation offers. In this way, we create a citizen-friendly government that also works more efficiently.


Cyberspace will develop even further in the future. This presents major challenges. It is the task of the government to ensure that this runs smoothly and safely. The anonymous and cross-border nature ensures that criminals migrate to cyberspace. We tackle internet crime (not really). We need laws and regulations to tackle cybercrime.

There are 175 countries in the Cyber Security Index & we are ranked 175th country on the list. Really explains why we need to implement such laws and regulations. ASAP.

Safe internet also means that citizens must be able to move safely in the digital world: therefore operators in the market need to guarantee the protection of the (personal data of the) user.


Over the next 5 years, every child in primary school should be introduced to programming and computer language. Today initiatives such as “Coding for all” and “Code Club” are particularly ‘successful’, mostly as an extracurricular activity. But in this digital age, we should be able to offer those initiatives to every child. Knowing how the digital world works is becoming a basic competence. That is not to say that we must make the mistake of turning every child into a computer specialist, on the contrary. In a world where robots and Artificial Intelligence take over many tasks from people, typically human skills become important again. In other words ‘humaniora’, becoming a human being, is once again gaining importance with a focus on language, literature and creativity.

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