Theme of the Forum:

22 April 2019   |    Paradise Island Resort


The Maldives Pension Administration Office, as the country’s largest potential institutional investor, sees the development of the financial sector and financial literacy as a key imperative to achieve its strategic intent and objectives.


The Maldives Finance Forum was launched in 2012, to enable a nationally acclaimed platform to deliberate on issues, promote views and share experiences for the development of Maldivian Financial Sector. It has become a widely acclaimed event with overwhelmingly positive responses from the stakeholders.

Past Forum Themes

2012 |    Fostering Long-term Economic & Social Development

2013 |    Financial Literacy for Good Governance

2014 |   International Financial and Capital Markets

2015 |    Post-Retirement Income Security and Pension Savings

2016 |   Financial Sector Modernization and Reform

2017 |    Emergence of Professional Investment Management in the Maldives

2018 |    The Role of Institutional Investors in Long-Term Financing for Growth and Development


  Bring together leaders from business, financial, political, academic and social protection sector to deliberate on issues, promote views and share experiences for the development of Maldivian Financial Sector


  Identify institutional, legal and regulatory impediments for the development of Maldivian financial sector


  Educate industry stakeholders on the potential of Pension Fund as a long-term finance provider for nation building


  Enable development of original ideas and creative solutions for the Maldivian Social Security System and Pension Fund


  Promote research on the Maldives financial sector and create awareness and increase financial literacy among the public






0830 -  0900

Departure to Paradise Maldives, from Izzudheen Faalan

0900 -  0930

Arrival of distinguished invitees/participants to forum venue

0930 -  0935

Recitation of Quran

0935 -  0940

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Pension Office

0940 - 0950

Keynote Speech

Hon. Ibrahim Ameer, Minister of Finance

0950 - 1005

‘A Pension Scheme for all Maldivians’

Presentation by Mohamed Hussain Maniku, Chief Executive Officer,  Pension Office

1005 -  1030

Networking and break

1030 -  1050

‘SME development policy/strategy in Maldives’

Presentation by Mariyam Visam, Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Economic Development

1050 - 1110

‘Access to Finance Policies of the Government’

Presentation by Ahmed Zeenad, Managing Director, SME Development Finance Corporation

1110 - 1130

‘Future role of Business Centre Corporation’

Presentation by Lamya Ibrahim, IDB Project Manager, Ministry of Economic Development

1130 - 1200

‘Stories of Young Entrepreneurs’


Ali Haris, Co-Founder of Payer

Ahmed Afrah, Owner of Coffee Lab Roasters

Fanan Habeeb, Home Based Baker

1200 - 1330

Lunch Sponsored by Bank of Maldives Plc

1330 - 1350

‘Perspectives on Developing Private Sector’

Presentation by Vajira Kulatilaka, Chief Executive Officer, NDB Investment Banking Cluster

1350 - 1420

‘Private Placement Market’


Presentation by:

Mohamed Ishraq Faisal, Capital Market Development Authority

Ibrahim Haisam, Maldives Stock Exchange

1420 - 1450

Main Sponsor Segment

Maldives Islamic Bank

1450 - 1550

Panel Discussion on ‘Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing’



Ahmed Zeenad, Managing Director, SME Development Finance Corporation


Aushan Latheef, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Maldives Stock Exchange

Company Pvt. Ltd and Maldives Securities Depository Company Pvt. Ltd


Kirthisri Rajatha Wijeweera, Head of Knowledge and Research for the Asia and Pacific, UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) & Senior Economic Advisor (Sri Lanka and Maldives), UNDP


Mariyam Visam, Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Economic Development


Mohamed Fizan, Managing Partner, Fizan and Partners


Moderated by Aminath Irthiyasha, Pension Office

1550 - 1600

Concluding Remarks:

Pension Office

1600 - 1630


1615 - 1630

Departure to Male’



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