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MAHRP PARTNERS WITH CIPD TO DEVELOP MALDIVES HR PROFESSIONALS

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) and Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) has entered into a partnership.

A memorandum on cooperation was signed on March 5, during the National HR Convention and Expohosted by MAHRP at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male from March 4-5. Ahmed Ibrahim, vice president of MAHRP, and Edward Houghton, Head of Research and Thought Leadership at CIPD, signed the agreement.

“CIPD is pleased to sign this historic MOC with the first professional body in the Maldives championing human capital excellence. CIPD Is committed to help MAHRP in its mandate to guide the HR professionals and network. We will be helping them in various aspects of HR practices and other needs as it arises,” Edward Houghton was quoted in a statement, as saying.

Under this partnership, MAHRP and CIPD will work together on four different vital areas, with one being sharing research and data, which is crucial to the development of HR practices in Maldives and making good HR-related decisions. CIPD will also work closely with MAHRP in developing much-needed HR research base, which will serve as a guide on how responsible and actionable research can be done in the Maldives. The third key focus area is partnering with MAHRP in conducting HR knowledge share events, highlighting various HR streams such as talent development, succession planning, data-based HR practices, and HR and research-based decision making.

MAHPR will also explore ways to bring CIPD membership to the Maldives, and assist Maldivian HR professionals who aim to reach the levels of CIPD and its affiliated members and programmes. MAHRP will offer CIPD membership services to its members and will guide them to achieve CIDP membership status through a rigorous coaching and mentoring programme, which is expected to begin in July. CIPD will support this initiative in ensuring all standards are followed and interested MAHRP members are guided accordingly.

“Having this MOC provides MAHRP yet another platform to bring new HR and human capital development ideas, practices and most importantly, CIPD will guide MAHRP in keeping its values, vision and purpose aligned at all times. We are delighted to receive CIPD’s support in our effort to add value to the HR network in the Maldives,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

Headquarters in the UK with various hubs in parts of the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia, CIPD is the career partner of choice for over 150,000 professional members around the world. CIPD is the only body in the world that can award Chartered Status to individual HR or L&D professionals, and their independent research and insights make them trusted advisors to governments and worldwide employers.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

Meanwhile, MAHRP has signed a similar agreement with the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (CIPM) of Sri Lanka, in a bid to develop the HR professionals network in Maldives.

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National HR Convention begins with over 400 participants

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has held the first ever National HR Convention and Expo 2019 at Dharubaaruge convention centre with over 400 participants.

The National HR Convention and Expo will provide a platform featuring six keynote addresses by well-known HR leaders, and an additional twenty presentations and speeches will be delivered by some of the most renowned names in the local HR network. During the two-day convention, two panel discussions are scheduled to take place on topics: HR as a Business Partner and Employee Wellness and Engagement. The panellists include experts from the HR sector locally and globally. The speakers include individuals from Singapore, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and Maldives.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim Hassan expressed such conventions will boost the HR sector of the country.

MAHRP noted most participants are from tourism sector. The theme for the inaugural edition of the convention is Future of HR and Work. The Expo will focus on four key areas, including Talent Development and Culture, Employee Wellness and Engagement, Innovation and Digitalisation in HR Practices, and HR as a Business Partner and Future of Work.

MAHRP is Maldives’s first professional association registered at Ministry of Home Affairs, devoted to human resources and people development.

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RaajjeTV signs on as media partner for National HR Convention 2019

RaajjeTV has signed on as media partner for Maldives first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

The convention will be hosted by Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP)

MAHRP general secretary Ali Adam and RaajjeTV managing director Ahmed Saleem signed the agreement at a ceremony on Sunday.

At the ceremony, Ali Adam said he is pleased to have the opportunity to share information on their HR convention through RaajjeTV. MAHRP President Hussain Afeef said that they chose RaajjeTV as their media partner due to popular support and since it is the best channel through which they can share information.

Also at the ceremony, Ahmed Saleem highlighted the importance of human resource management in business and praised MAHRP for hosting the convention.

The convention will take place from March 4-5 at the main convention center of Dharubaaruge in capital Male’.

According to MAHRP, the theme of their inaugural convention is “Future of HR and Work”. Speakers will share the latest research and ideas on four sub themes: Future of work – HR as a Business Partner, Employee Wellness and Engagement, HR Innovation and Digitalization, and Talent Development and Culture.

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Ooredoo Maldives partners with MAHRP as Title Sponsor for the National HR Convention & EXPO 2019

Ooredoo Maldives partners with Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) as Title Sponsor for the first ever National HR Convention & EXPO 2019 held in the Maldives.

The largest event dedicated to HR Professionals in the Maldives, the National HR Convention and Expo 2019 provides a unique platform to feature the latest innovations, strategies, insights and best practices by the most influential and respected HR Leaders, and practitioners from the Maldives and across the region.

The partnership was formalised at a special event held at Ooredoo Maldives Headquarters this evening, in the presence of the President of MAHRP, Mr. Hussain Afeef; the Executive Secretary of MAHRP, Mr. Ali Adam; the Director of Sales & Brand at Ooredoo Maldives, Mr. Hussain Niyaz; and the Director of Human Resources at Ooredoo Maldives, Mr. Mohamed Shahid.

“The role of Human Resources as a strategic partner of the business is more important than ever. Forums such as the National HR Convention & EXPO is imperative in setting new bench marks in excellence for the Human Resources professional network in the Maldives. We are honoured to be part of this excellent platform and hope it will provide an enriching experience for participating HR professionals.” said Najib Khan, CEO of Ooredoo Maldives.

“We are delighted to partner with Ooredoo Maldives to host the first National HR Convention in the Maldives. We chose Ooredoo Maldives as they have set new heights and benchmarks in the area of HR best practices, making the company one of the best employers in the country. We believe this partnership will add value to MAHRP and its members.” said Mr. Hussain Afeef, President of MAHRP.

The theme for the inaugural edition of the convention is “Future of HR and Work” and will focus on four key areas; Talent Development and Culture, Employee Wellness and Engagement, Innovation and Digitalisation in HR Practices, as well as HR as a Business Partner and Future of Work.

The National HR Convention & EXPO will be held at Dharubaaruge on 4th & 5th March. Interested parties can register for the National HR Convention & EXPO online through https://form.jotform.me/90261142208446. For more information about the event, please visit National HR Convention Page 

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MAHRP to host First Ever National HR Convention and EXPO In Maldives

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) will host the National HR Convention and EXPO 2019 on March 4 – 5, at the convention centre Dharubaaruge.

The convention will commence with the support of Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI), Sri Lankan company Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), and World HRD Congress of India.

The theme for the inaugural edition of the convention is “Future of HR and Work”. The EXPO will focus on four key areas, including Talent Development and Culture, Employee Wellness and Engagement, Innovation and Digitalisation in HR Practices, and HR as a Business Partner and Future of Work.

The National HR Convention and EXPO will provide a platform featuring six keynote addresses by well-known HR leaders, and an additional twenty presentations and speeches will be delivered by some of the most renowned names in the local HR network.

Confirmed local speakers;

– Ibrahim Inaz, Resort Manager at S Resorts & Hotels

– Adam Naseer, Director Technical Services at Auditor General’s Office

– Ali Adam, General Manager Human Resources at Universal Enterprises

– Dr Ahmed Shahid, Dean of Faculty of Research at Villa College

– Hassan Saeed, Resort Manager at Dhigali Maldives

During the two-day convention, two panel discussions will take place on ‘HR as a Business Partner’ and ‘Employee Wellness and Engagement’. Panellists include Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives Ahmed Ibrahim, Cluster Director of HR at S Hotels and Resorts Aminath Shaly, Director of Human Resources at Villa Shipping and Trading Ibrahim Moosa, and Speaker and Trainer at Empowering All Masood Ali.

MAHRP’s speakers line includes speakers from Singapore, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, and Maldives.

“This is the first time an event of this magnitude is carried out in the Maldives. We are optimistic that we will be able to gather over 300 HR professionals and leaders to this”, said MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who is also the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts

Interested parties may register for the convention at https://form.jotform.me/90261142208446

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MAHRP Wraps up 2018 activities with powerful HR best practice share session

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has concluded its series of activities for 2018 with a powerful HR best practice share session. The Great HR Best Practice Share December 2018 edition, which was held at the Faculty of Education Auditorium on December 15, attracted an audience of 70 HR professionals covering eight different sectors and 24 different organisations. The event focused on three different streams of HR: Employee Engagement via Training and Development, Rewards and Recognition, and Employee Wellness.

Adam Naseer, Director Technical Services at the Auditor General’s Office, delivered the keynote on Employee Engagement through Training and Development, during which he emphasised the importance of focusing on the growth mindset of employees, as well as having customised learning and development programmes for all team members. Organisations must spend time and effort in making their employees better through continuous learning programmes that result in employee engagement, he said.Speaking on the topic of Rewards and Recognition, Hassan Saeed, the Resort Manager at Dhigali Maldives, shared the best practices employed by his resort to enhance organisational efficiency and productivity. He highlighted the importance of praising employees, whilst bringing humanity and practicing humility by all levels of managers and team members. At the end of the session, a panel discussion was held on Employee Wellness. 

Moderated by Ahmed Irash, CEO of Nishy Pvt Ltd, the thoughtful discussion featured Ahmed Ibrahim, Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives, Hussain Shahid, Executive Assistant Manager at Holiday Inn Resort 

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 will be identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

Kandooma Maldives, and Aminath Shaly, Cluster HR Director at S Hotels and Resorts. Through practical examples from their respective organisations, they highlighted the important role played by the wellbeing of employees and their state of mind in maximising productivity.

“Our aim is to continue to add value to the HR network. We have a wide range of activities planned for 2019, including some great programmes at different regions of Maldives. Now our focus will be the upcoming National HR Convention and EXPO, which is scheduled for February 24-25 at Dharubaaruge – Male city,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

 

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Global wage growth hit lowest since 2008 – ILO Global Wage Report 2018/19

Recent reports released by ILO on Global Wage 2018/19 shows global wage growth has been weak while the gender pay gap, at about 20 per cent globally, remains unacceptably high. Global wage growth in 2017 fell to its lowest rate since 2008, far below levels before the global financial crisis, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

The Global Wage Report 2018/19  finds that in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) global wage growth declined to 1.8 per cent in 2017 from 2.4 per cent in 2016. The findings are based on data from 136 countries.  In analyzing wage growth, the report finds that in advanced G20 countries real wage growth declined from 0.9 per cent in 2016 to 0.4 per cent in 2017. By contrast, in emerging and developing G20 countries, real wage growth fluctuated between 4.9 per cent in 2016 and 4.3 per cent in 2017.

“It’s puzzling that in high-income economies we see slow wage growth alongside a recovery in GDP growth and falling unemployment. And early indications suggest that slow wage growth continues in 2018,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “Such stagnating wages are an obstacle to economic growth and rising living standards. Countries should explore, with their social partners, ways to achieve socially and economically sustainable wage growth.”

In the last 20 years, average real wages have almost tripled in emerging and developing G20 countries, while in advanced G20 countries they have increased by just 9 per cent, the report shows. But, in many low- and middle-income economies, wage inequality remains high and wages are frequently insufficient to cover the needs of workers and their families.

High gender pay gaps

The report calculates gender pay gaps in innovative and more accurate ways, using data covering some 70 countries and about 80 per cent of wage employees worldwide. It finds that globally women continue to be paid approximately 20 per cent less than men.

The report finds that in high-income countries it is at the high end of the pay scale that the gender pay gap is wider, while in low- and middle-income countries the gender pay gap is wider amongst the lower paid workers.  Using empirical evidence, the report also shows that traditional explanations, such as differences in the levels of education between men and women who work in paid employment, play a limited role in explaining gender pay gaps.

“In many countries women are more highly educated than men but earn lower wages, even when they work in the same occupational categories,” said Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez, econometrician and wage specialist at the ILO and one of the authors of the report. “The wages of both men and women also tend to be lower in enterprises and occupations with a predominantly female workforce. To reduce gender pay gaps more emphasis therefore needs to be placed on ensuring equal pay for women and men, and on addressing the undervaluation of women’s work,” she said.

Another factor which weighs on the gender wage gap is motherhood. The report shows that mothers tend to have lower wages compared to non-mothers. This may be related to a host of factors, including labour market interruptions, reductions in working time, employment in more family-friendly jobs with lower wages, or stereotypical promotion decisions at enterprise level.

According to the report, a more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women would in many instances lead to women making different occupational choices.  Surprisingly, the evidence shows that even before women reach motherhood, there is already a pay gap. This suggests a need to combat stereotypes and discrimination at the point of entry into the labour market.

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New amendment to immigration law

November 29,2018

A bill has been proposed to a parliament to amend current immigration law of Maldives. Aim of this bill is to regulate illegal immigrant workers, and immigrant workers who change their employment without consent of current employer, and stop expat employees changing their employment within the contract period without knowledge of the employer. As per the amendment, anyone who help them to change their employment or the expat worker who found crossing the employment against the law will face one-year imprisonment or fine between MVR 500,000.00 to MVR 1,000,000.00. The bill was proposed by MP Mr. Moosa Maniku who is also sitting VP of parliament.

Further he says employers are now facing a lot of challenges and incur high cost to execute various projects as workers switch their employment so easily. Moreover, he highlighted the importance of this bill to reduce socio-economic impact of illegal workers. As per the bill, it will be effective from the day it is ratified by the president and published in government gazette.

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MAHRP signs landmark professional support pact with CIPM Sri Lanka

Date: November 26, 2018

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has signed an agreement for cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (CIPM) of Sri Lanka, in a bid to develop the HR professionals network in Maldives.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at a special gala dinner held at the Water’s Edge in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on November 26. 2018.

Under the agreement, MAHRP and CIPM will share technical expertise in developing and building the HR network in the Maldives, work closely with the HR community in offering programmes through the CIPM Business School, provide opportunities to MAHRP members in achieving various HR related certification programmes, and organise cross exposure activities in the Maldives and Sri Lanka for HR professionals of both the countries.

“Having a professional agreement and understanding between a well-established and reputed human capital management organisation like CIPM would bring a great set of values to MAHRP in its mandate to develop the HR network in the Maldives as well as to MAHRP members,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“We signed this MoU at a historic time as the institute transforms from the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) to the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (ICIPM). We congratulate CIPM on their achievement.”

CIPM President Dhammikka Fernando commented: “We are delighted to sign this professional agreement with the first well-established HR professionals association in the Maldives. We have over 60 years of experience in managing human capital development and excellence throughout Sri Lanka and we intend to share, collaborate and support MAHRP in various aspects. Maldives is one of our closest neighbours, and we are pleased that MAHRP chose us as their first international collaborator.”

One of the first activities supported by CIPM include the upcoming National HR Convention and EXPO by MAHRP.

During the event, to be held from February 24-25 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, CIPM will act as an endorsing partner. The institute will support MAHRP in various technical aspects of the National HR Convention and EXPO, which is slated to be “the HR Event of the Year”.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development.

The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman.

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HR Digitalization and Innovation share

A session on HR digitalization & Innovation has successfully concluded on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at MNU Business School Auditorium. Aim of this session is to showcase local HR solutions readily available in the market. “There are very good local HR software, however there is no platforms for them to showcase their products. We are very proud to be the first professional Association taking the initiative of connecting HR practitioners, companies across the industries and HR software developers in one platform. It helps for them to build relationship among themselves, and explore local products. This is the first of its kind in Maldives” said MAHRP president Hussain Afeef.

During this event four HR solutions were presented which includes FahiKeplar by Link Serve, RAS by Leniakea, and HR Maldives eHRMS. During the event, Ali Adam – Human Resource Manager of Universal Enterprises presented a case study on adopting customized HR Solution to a company for effective use.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

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