The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, has appointed its first-ever Chief Internal Auditor, Fathimath Salaha. The President’s Office made the announcement on Thursday, and Salaha’s appointment was effective immediately. She will hold the position at the level of a Deputy Minister.

Salaha’s appointment serves as a testament to the Maldives’ ongoing efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, as well as its commitment to enhancing the role of women in leadership positions.

Salaha brings a wealth of experience to the role, having most recently served as Chief Audit Executive at the Ministry of Finance. Prior to this, she held positions as Manager of Finance and Accounts at TradeNet Maldives Corporation Limited and Manager of Financial Institutions at the Office of the Auditor General.

Salaha is also a member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and recently joined the Chartered Certified Accountants of Sri Lanka. Her appointment is expected to strengthen the country’s financial management and improve transparency.

The Maldives government has been working to enhance financial stability and attract more foreign investments to diversify its economy. With the appointment of Salaha, the Maldives takes a step forward in strengthening its financial sector and building trust with its citizens and foreign investors alike.