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“India and Maldives reaffirm their commitment to work jointly in the area of gender equality, which is the 5th Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations. Women constitute almost 50% of the world population and they are the major driving force of socio-economic development in any country. Women account for large share of the labour force in agriculture, construction, textile, healthcare, BPO and other services industries. Women workforce forms the pillar of the tourism industry, which is the dominant sector in Maldives,” said Mr. Ibrahim Ameer, Hon’ble Minister of Finance, Government of Maldives on the occasion of the 8th Global Economic Summit organised by MVIRDC World Trade Center Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI). The event honoured outstanding women in the field of arts, science, healthcare, trade and commerce.