Lord Jonathan Marland, Chairman of CWEIC Visits the Maldives

PUBLISHED February 19, 2024

In an evening marked by esteemed guests and dignitaries, a special dinner was hosted in honor of Lord Jonathan Marland, Chairman of the Advisory Council of Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC)’s visit to Maldives. 

The event, held at Bandos Island Resort under the auspices of Mr. Mohamed Ali Janah, Host of the event and Chairman of Hotels and Resorts Investments Maldives (HARIM), President of Maldives National Association of Construction Industry, and Member of Advisory Council of CWEIC, saw a convergence of notable personalities including government officials, senior representatives from state-owned enterprises and private establishments, and members of various national associations and governing bodies.

CWEIC, a prestigious commercial organization mandated by the Commonwealth Heads of Government, boasts a network of approximately 140 strategic partners from 35 countries and territories, facilitating trade and investment across the 56 Commonwealth member nations. With esteemed members such as Standard Chartered, Zenith Bank, Trade & Investment Queensland, and the Government of Maldives, CWEIC leverages the Commonwealth's trusted network to foster economic growth and development.

Prior to commencing the event, Lord Marland spoke to the local media on regards to his visit to the Maldives, looking forward to continuing with positive relations between CWEIC and Maldives businesses as well as future initiatives.

During the event, Mr. Mohamed Ali Janah emphasized the importance of the evening, reflecting on the pivotal role of CWEIC in driving global commerce and investment. Following Mr. Janah's remarks, Lord Jonathan Marland expressed gratitude for the warm reception and reiterated CWEIC's dedication to enhancing economic partnerships across the Commonwealth.

At the event, an MoU was signed between HARIM and CWEIC to establish a CWEIC Hub for investment and promotion in the Maldives. Mr. Ahmed Jasim Janah, Group Chief Strategy Officer, signed the MoU on behalf of HARIM, while Lord Jonathan Marland represented CWEIC. Speaking at the event, Mr. Jasim shared insightful remarks highlighting the significance of collaboration and innovation especially with international associations such as CWEIC in shaping the future of commerce and investment in the Maldives. 

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Sheryna Abdul Samad, lauded the collaborative efforts of CWEIC in promoting sustainable development and prosperity. In her closing remarks, Ms. Ayesha Nurain Janah, Vice Chair of HARIM, highlighted the crucial role of Maldivian youths as entrepreneurs driving positive change. She emphasized the importance of family and bonds for personal growth and societal improvement, urging youth to seize opportunities and uphold familial values.


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