Ahmed Inaz

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Ahmed Inaz is a Maldivian economist, and former Minister of Finance and Treasury in the MDP government.[1] He was a member of the Maldivian Democratic Party, but resigned in February 2012 and has served as a Director in Planning Ministry during the presidency of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. He resigned from the post of Finance Minister after MDP militant activists assaulted him after meeting an opposition leader.[2][3]

Ahmed Inaz completed his first Degree in Economics at National University of Singapore. He finished his Masters in Economics at University of Westminster and a second Masters in Development Economics and Policy at University of Manchester. His career started as a Bank Supervision Officer at the Central Bank of the Maldives (Maldives Monetary Authority). Inaz is a strong advocate of inclusive governance, reduction of inequality, corruption and fiscal reform. After the election of President Mohamed Nasheed, Inaz held the post as Deputy Minister of Economic Development Trade and later Minister of State for Economic Development and Trade. He was instrumental in the formulation of Small and Medium Enterprises law and various subsequent policies in the Economic Development of the Maldives from 2008-2011. On April 10, 2011 he was sworn in as the Minister of Finance and Treasury. His term of office as the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Maldives introduced major fiscal reforms such as the historical introduction of Business Profit Tax and Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the devaluation of the Rufiyaa (Maldives Currency). His office also proposed Income tax to parliament which was rejected by then the opposition. His office also proposed Fiscal Responsibility Act to the parliament, which became a law in 2012. Under his leadership in December 2011, his office formulated the universal health insurance scheme of the Maldives (Aasandha). A State owned enterprise called Aasandha pvt ltd was established in 2011 and began its services on the 1 January 2012. He held several high-level posts in the previous governments. He served as a member of Privatization Committee and Higher Education Council from 2009-2011. He was the Deputy Director General of Ministry of Planning and National Development responsible in strategic economic planning and later served as the Trade policy coordinator at Ministry of trade and economic development thumb . He is also the founding member of Transparency Maldives (Chapter of Transparency International). He is a visiting lecturer of economics at local colleges for graduate and undergraduate students since 2005.

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  1. ^ "New Finance Minister praises 'necessary' dollar exchange rate changes". Haveeru Daily. 11 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  2. ^ "New MDP activists harass and terrorize Minister of Finance at Party Activity Centre". Sun Online. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  3. ^ "New Minister Inaz says he resigned due to differences that were not reconciled". Sun Online. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.