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Cablegate: Fy-2003 International Visitor Program:

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 002167

SIPDIS


STATE FOR ECA/PE/V/P-ISABELLE ZSOLDOS/DEBORAH
THOMPSON; ECA/PE/V/G/N-ASHIFFLETT; SA/PD


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY-2003 INTERNATIONAL VISITOR PROGRAM:
MALDIVIAN NOMINATION FOR MRP ON PRIVATIZATION AND
THE U.S. ECONOMY: JULY 17-AUGUST 7, 2003
PROJECT NO. E/VP-2003-0034

REF: (A) STATE 50054, (B) STATE 32608, (C) COLOMBO
01900

1. POST NOMINATES MR. MOHAMED AMIR, DIRECTOR, POST
AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTION, MINISTRY OF
COMMUNICATIONS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE
REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES, FOR PARTICIPATION IN SUBJECT
PROJECT.

2. PART I OF NOMINEE'S BIO DATA FOLLOWS:
EXPORT-SOURCE: USIS EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.0
POST-EMAIL: rscmb@pd.state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
USIA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 77
USIA-PROJ-NO: E/VP-2003-0034
PROJ-NAME: Privatization and the U.S. Economy - July
17 - August 7, 2003 (Maldives)
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2003
DEPART-POST: 07/14/2003
SESSION-DATE: 07/17/2003
RETURN-POST: 08/12/2003
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 4
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

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END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
USIA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Privatization
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Mohamed
M-NAME:
L-NAME: AMIR
SUFFIX:
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Post and Telecommunications Section
M-ADDR2: Ministry of Communication, Science
M-ADDR3: and Technology
M-CITY: Male'
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Maldives
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE:
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: MV
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 12/26/1963
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Male'
BIRTH-CNTRY: Maldives
CITIZ-CNTRY: Maldives
RES-CNTRY: Maldives
START MEMO POSITION:
Director, Post and Telecommunications Section, Min.
of Comm., Science and Technology, March 1999- to
date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1994-Feb. 1999 - Deputy Director, International
Affairs, Ministry of Communications, Science and
Technology
1992-1994 - Engineer, Dept. of Posts and Telecom.,
Min. of Transport and Communications
April-Oct. 1990 - Assistant Engineer, Dept. of Posts
and Telecommunication
Feb.1989-March 1990 - Junior Engineer, Dept of Posts
and Telecommunication
Aug. 1984-April 1987 - Technician, Dept. of Posts
and Telecommunication

END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
1996 - M.Sc. (Operational Telecommunications),
Coventry University, U.K.
1992 - B.Sc. Hons. ( Telecommunication System
Management and Design) Anglia Polytechnic University
, Chelmsford, U.K.
1988 - New Zealand Certificate in Engineering
Telecommunications, Central Institute of Technology,
New Zealand
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
Nominee does not consume pork or alcohol
END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: unknown
ENGL-READ: 4
ENGL-SPEAK: 4
ENGL-COMP: 4
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This nomination supports Mission Goals on "Open
Markets," "U.S. Exports and Economic Development."
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Stephen Holgate
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Telecommunication has now become a very important
part of Maldivian life as the country spread over a
vast area of sea with inhabited islands situated far
apart.
Currently there is only one telecommunications
provider in the Maldives, "Deeraagu" a joint
collaboration between the Maldivian government and
the Cable and Wireless Co. of U.K. The
Telecommunications Department is keen to introduce
competition by allowing other telecom operations and
internet service providers to operate in the
Maldives. However, they lack sufficient experience
in handling issues and introduce transparent
regulatory and other principles of legislative
control.
Mr. Amir's position has thus become very vital. He
was one of the key people who handled the Y2K
problem in the Maldives. As stated earlier Mr. Amir
needs exposure to other developed countries to
establish a level playing fielding for investments
by telecom companies. An exposure to the U.S. where
he could visit telecom and ISP regulatory bodies and
meet with relevant authorities to observe and
consult would help Maldives to provide a healthy
competitive climate where even U.S. telecom and ISP
providers could compete.

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: Public Affairs Section
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 109
PERSON-ID: 77
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: MV
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: MV
RES-CNTRY-ID: MV
FIRST-LANG-ID:
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:

3. PLEASE ADVISE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS NOMINATION.
WILLS

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